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Setting the range of a nested style

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Video: Setting the range of a nested style

In the previous exercise you may recall we went ahead and nested a Character Style inside of a Paragraph Style, but we only affected the first word of the step paragraphs and if you are just joining me you can catch right up by opening this document, it's called Improper nesting.indd found inside the 05 nested numbered folder and it's called Improper nesting of course, because so far the nesting is improper. We want this style to affect the entire first sentence. So let's see how we can make that happen. If you have been working along with me and you haven't clicked OK, in order to accept your changes inside of the Paragraph Style Options dialog box, then you may have this phenomenon right here, inside the Paragraph Styles palette.

Setting the range of a nested style

In the previous exercise you may recall we went ahead and nested a Character Style inside of a Paragraph Style, but we only affected the first word of the step paragraphs and if you are just joining me you can catch right up by opening this document, it's called Improper nesting.indd found inside the 05 nested numbered folder and it's called Improper nesting of course, because so far the nesting is improper. We want this style to affect the entire first sentence. So let's see how we can make that happen. If you have been working along with me and you haven't clicked OK, in order to accept your changes inside of the Paragraph Style Options dialog box, then you may have this phenomenon right here, inside the Paragraph Styles palette.

It's telling you Step+ as if some change has been made to the Step Style. In fact what's happened is because we have nothing selected, as soon as we go to edit the Step style, we made it the default style. So if we were to create a new paragraph, it would be set in Step and we have edited that Step style since we applied it. So basically what's been applied has been since modified, so that's we have a little plus (+) there. That's just kind of an FYI, if it made some sense whatsoever. It's really something you can totally ignore.

That is to say, it's not as if you didn't really make your changes. You did. Now I am going to go ahead and double click on Step+ once again. I am going to go ahead and double click on that style in order to bring out the Paragraph Style Options dialog box. Scoot it over a little bit, so we can see what we are doing. This time I am going to press Ctrl+0, Command+0 on the Mac, in order to skip the head to Drop Caps and Nested Styles and you can see right there; there is our Step Leader, through, 1, words. So that really doesn't make sense as a sentence if you read it that way, Step Leader through one words, it's not grammatically correct, but it does tell the story, which is to say that the Step Leader style is going to be applied through and including the first one word.

And that's as far as we are going to go. If I wanted it to go farther through more words than that, I could up that value. I could set it to four words for example, and then if I were to click off, like so, you can see that I now affect the first four words; which works for the first paragraph right there. I go ahead and not only hit the first four words, but I get the period as well. Doesn't work worth beans down here. The 10 is the first word and then 'Fill in the' and then we still have some extra text left over. So what we need to do- let's go ahead and change this back to one and instead of words, let's go ahead and click on words and let's change it to something else, rather than words we can choose Characters, Letters, numbers essentially, in the case of Digits, that would be individual digits inside the numbers and so on and so on down here.

What we want probably it seems to me, it's a good bet anyway, is the first one, Sentences. So I am going to go ahead and click on Sentences and then I am going to click off in order to accept that modification. You can see that that totally works for the first sentence in the first paragraph right here. So I'll go ahead and click OK. That doesn't quite work elsewhere. You can see because of this 10, I have gone ahead and messed up the second paragraph, the one that's underneath the butterfly graphic. So you know what I am going to do, I am going to go ahead and set my blinking insertion marker after the 10 there and I'll delete that 10 away like so, and check that out.

Once again I'll show you that. As soon as I get rid of that tab, so the space between the period and the next character there, that tells InDesign that that's no longer the end of a sentence, because to have the end of a sense you need a period and some form of space character. Both together. So if I get rid of the tab character or the space what have you, then that messes things up. Now I'll go ahead and insert the tab back in there. Similarly, if I got rid of the period that would also give InDesign the sense that the sentence wasn't ending at that point.

What I really want to do is go ahead and get rid of the entire 10 like so, and that goes ahead and styles the first sentence properly. That still doesn't take care of everything; we shall see in the next exercise how we still have some problems. We need to troubleshoot the style and that's what we are going to do. Coming right up.

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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

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  1. 49m 7s
    1. How style automation works and why every file needs it
      2m 26s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys shortcuts
      3m 58s
    3. Meet the Eyedropper tool
      5m 43s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 19s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 16s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 46s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 19s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 30m 5s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
      40s
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 57s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 56s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 9s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 30s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 16s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 31s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 40s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 30s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 13s
  3. 20m 44s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
      39s
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 24s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 6s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 13s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 16s
    2. Organizing style sheets
      6m 14s
    3. Character styles protect overrides
      5m 21s
    4. Creating a character style
      3m 44s
    5. Prioritizing style sheet shortcuts
      5m 24s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 51s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 24s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      4m 0s
    3. Establishing a nested style
      3m 32s
    4. Setting the range of a nested style
      4m 3s
    5. Troubleshooting the nested range
      6m 49s
    6. Assigning automatic numbers
      2m 13s
    7. Assigning automatic bullets
      4m 49s
    8. Starting and restarting numbered sequences
      4m 16s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 24s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 10s
    13. Auto-numbering figures
      3m 0s
    14. Creating a custom Number setting
      4m 18s
    15. Specifying a chapter number
      3m 9s
    16. Numbering across threaded frames
      4m 5s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 29s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 37s
  6. 53m 18s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 1s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 37s
    5. Formatting the body of a table
      4m 22s
    6. Creating and applying column styles
      5m 32s
    7. Creating an all-inclusive table style
      4m 42s
    8. Converting and styling a table
      4m 49s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 21s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 25s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 26s
    13. Selectively applying a cell style
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. The convergence of very nearly everything
      1m 18s
    2. Updating a style from the Find Font command
      4m 24s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 3s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 43s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 28s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 9s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 19s
    10. Creating an anchored object
      6m 29s
    11. Viewing frames and threads
      3m 52s
    12. Creating an anchored object style
      3m 48s
    13. Establishing anchored object defaults
      3m 44s
    14. Problems? Fit the frame to the contents
      4m 35s
    15. Employing a highly selective object style
      5m 27s
    16. The best way to anchor objects
      2m 23s
    17. Moving and anchoring text and objects
      4m 4s
  8. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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