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Exporting text to Word skips footnotes

Apr 12, 2012 11:42 AM

Tags: #cs5.5 #export #microsoft #footnotes #export_to_word

Hello all. Working in 5.5. I have to export the text from an older book to Word, so we can send to the editor to update to a 2nd edition. Calloo, callay, oh frabjous day. ANYWAY, when I export the text, it skips the footnotes! It grabs the footnote markers but skips the footnote text. My editors are going bonkers. Any ideas?



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    Apr 12, 2012 12:47 PM   in reply to ChryssF

    An older InDesign book you opened in IDCS5.5 before exporting to Word?  How old?  Are the footnotes in the same text frame as the body text, or are they in a separate "story," as was necessary before ID had a footnotes feature?



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    Apr 12, 2012 1:33 PM   in reply to ChryssF

    IDCS1?  ID2?  Been there, done that.  But don't rush into this.  Even if you have healthy footnotes in Word, InDesign has a nasty habit of "disappearing" a few on importing the Word file.  It doesn't happen with every file, but it happens more often than it should.  You might want to consider using separate files for body text and notes during editing to ensure you only have to cut-and-paste once.  Or maybe IDCS6, due imminently, will finally handle footnotes reliably.


    Then there's scripting.  You could see whether Peter Kahrel's tools might help.  Marc Autret also wrote a couple of scripts that can move footnotes into the body of the text and then back out again into ID footnotes.


    Good luck!


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    Apr 12, 2012 2:52 PM   in reply to ChryssF

    Hi ChryssF,


    Our TextExporter has some support for exporting footnotes: it can 'inject' them into the main text, jammed between two 'markers'. Not quite the same as 'real' footnotes, but better than losing them all together. Don't get your hopes up for round-tripping though! Unless it's a very specific workflow, ID -> Word -> ID is not really practically workable.


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