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Is there a way to do index entries in italics?

Feb 22, 2013 11:09 AM

Hello everyone. I generated an index with Indesign CS6. I noticed that entries that were originally in italics in the book, are transferred to the index in regular font. Is there a way to keep these entries in italics? Otherwise I have to change one at a time in the final document.

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    Feb 22, 2013 12:43 PM   in reply to Ellis home

    Look in your paragraph styles - when you generated your index, there were index paragraph styles created. Maybe just one, or maybe several, depending on how many levels your index has. You can change your style to italics there.

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    Feb 22, 2013 12:44 PM   in reply to Ellis home

    1. Enter a topic with some tags, e.g. <i>Sons and Lovers</i> where <i> and </i> stand for italic.

    2. To make sure that this topic sorts correctly, set its sortOrder field to Sons and Lovers.

    3. Add two character styles:

         a. one called e.g. 'italic', in which you set italic,

         b. one called 'hidden', in which you set the point size to 0.1, horizontal scaling to 1%, and colour to [None].

    4. In the paragraph style you use for your index, add two grep styles:

         a. apply the italic style to <i>.+?</i>

         b. apply the character style 'hidden' to </?i>


    Those tags will be well and truly hidden, they'll take about 0.001 points space.



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