I need to do this too. I'm now convinced that Adobe is withholding features from InDesign to enourage people to buy the next version. Illustrator can offset stroke, there is no reason why InDesign shouldn't be able to.
I'd implicate Mr. Knoll himself for withholding it. I think it is up to you, Bob and a one legged Indian to track it down. While tracking that down please riddle him why he hasn't incorporated the KPT Goo filter into InDesign, that is the only thing preventing me from switching from Quark 3.31
Me, clever? No, I got all those points out of pity. Every-one here is so nice to me!
Despite the odd plea here and there, I don't think InDesign will ever going to evolve into Illustrator plus Photoshop plus Framemaker plus Dreamweaver plus Flash Editor plus, eh, what did I forgot? Excel. Plus it also should be able to do your taxes.
Silly me thinking a feature that would greatly aid in page layout, already developed in similar vector-based software, be included in a page layout program. If only InDesign's dictionary had a "Convert to Sarcasm" feature I'd have something really sarcastic to say.
William, did you not see the suggestion for creating a custom strok style? No it's not as automatic as ofsetting the stroke in Illy, but it works.
ID is a page layout program with a fair bit of vector editing capability, but not the full range of waht can be done in Illustrator. The convers is equally true.