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Why do cross-references affect paragraph composition?

Mar 5, 2013 3:12 PM

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I rarely use large numbers of cross-references but this project I'm working on in four languges (which may turn into a sixteen-language project at any moment) has a very large number of cross-references. There are quite a few bullet points that look like this:

 

To apply for SNAP benefits, fill out pages 5 - 9. Read pages 20 - 24 and sign on page 25.

 

So of course I want to use cross-references so I don't have to manually handle dozens of cross-references. (Which may turn into hundreds of xrefs at any moment.) However, I've noticed something really odd - in languages where I use the World-Ready Composer, the rag makes sense. When I use the Adobe Paragraph Composer... the rag makes no sense. It wraps when it doesn't need to wrap. Here's my screenshot:

 

yaargh.png

 

There's obviously room for "page 18." It's as if one composer knows how long the xrefs are, and the other thinks that they're longer than they are. What is going on here? Can anyone out there reproduce this? Is it a bug? I thought that it may have been caused by the fact that these docs started as Pagemaker documents a long time ago, but it happens in a fresh document as well.

 
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    Mar 5, 2013 4:58 PM   in reply to Joel Cherney

    Hi Joel, never used the World Ready so this was a bit of a surprise for me that there is a difference, much as much of a difference in my example.

     

    Take a look how much room there is in my example for both paragraphs.

     

    capture-000066.png

     

    This is a fresh, no conversion example in CS6.

     

    Mike

     
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