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Index Tab Leaders

May 8, 2012 9:22 AM

Tags: #cs5 #indesign #index #indexing #leader_dots #leader #tab_leaders #index_with_tab_leaders #generate_index

I have generated an index with tab leaders in Indesign CS5.  Everything works great, with one exception.  When I set the leader dots, some entires don't work.  I'm not sure why because I set up the index to put a tab after every entry.  Screen shot 2012-05-08 at 11.53.16 AM.jpg

As you can see, "Messy" is not following the tab leader rule I set like so:

Screen shot 2012-05-08 at 11.53.42 AM.jpg

Can someone please tell me what I'm doing to cause this or offer a solution.  There are quite a few like this and it is a fairly large index so going through manually would be a pain.  Here are the settings I used as well:

Screen shot 2012-05-08 at 11.53.54 AM.jpg

Thanks in advance for reading and helping me out.

 
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    May 8, 2012 9:31 AM   in reply to samallen3

    Are you sure there isn't a second tab set in that paragraph?

     
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    May 8, 2012 9:39 AM   in reply to samallen3

    I'm pretty sure it's because you have a hanging indent:

     

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    If I'm right, only the shortest entries are exhibiting this behavior.

     
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    May 8, 2012 10:13 AM   in reply to Joel Cherney

    Joel, why would the hanging indent do that? I thought perhaps there was a seond tab set at that position which had no leader, but that's hard to know unless we're looking at the tabs rule with the cursor in the odd paragraph.

     
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    May 8, 2012 10:38 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    I've never known why I don't need to actually set a tab stop at the hang when I make hanging indents.  But it's been this way since InDesign CS at least - if you set up a hanging indent, then the place where it hangs is treated as a tab stop. I don't know for certain that the cursor is in the "Messy" entry in that screenshot, but I suspect that all of the index entries have the same paragraph style, and that the indent is set up in that parastyle.

     
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    May 8, 2012 10:43 AM   in reply to Joel Cherney

    OK, I get your logic.

     
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    May 8, 2012 12:15 PM   in reply to samallen3

    samallen3 wrote:

      Do I need to get rid of the indent?

    Why not try just making it a bit smaller and see what happens?

     

    The other option might be to use a Right Indent tab instead of the regualr right aligned tab you've specified. To get the leader use a nested character style that adds a custom underline to the tab character.

     
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