5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 16, 2011 1:15 PM by GeofferyH RSS

    Paragraph Return vs Forced Line Break in a nested style

    GeofferyH Community Member

      I need some clarification, if I want a style to run through to a Paragraph Return, does the Forced Line Break accomplish the same thing?

       

      That is, there is no option for Paragraph Return in the Nested Style dialog box only a Forced Line Break.

       

      Am I missing something?

        • 1. Re: Paragraph Return vs Forced Line Break in a nested style
          Joel Cherney MVP

          Well, usually a nested style is used to style some part of a paragraph, not the whole thing.If you just have the one nested style applied, and it starts at the beginning and runs all the way through to the end of the paragraph, then why don't you just add those characteristics to the paragraph style itself?

          • 2. Re: Paragraph Return vs Forced Line Break in a nested style
            Joel Cherney MVP

            Or, maybe you can offer a slightly more involved description of what you're trying to do, if I completely missed it.

            • 3. Re: Paragraph Return vs Forced Line Break in a nested style
              GeofferyH Community Member

              Thanks, What you're saying makes sense.

               

              I'm doing a program where there is an Event, in All Caps, followed by a tab w/dot leader then the Name (Upper/Lower case):

               

              INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . John Doe (paragraph return)

               

              KEYNOTE SPEAKER. . . . . . . . . John Doe

               

              The style goes: All Caps up to one tab stop
              then, Regular (no all caps) through one Forced Line Break.

               

              Which seems to work even though, technically, its a hard return.

              What I want is for the Regular Style to go on for the rest of the line or end of the paragraph.

               

              Just not sure of my 'coding'?

              • 4. Re: Paragraph Return vs Forced Line Break in a nested style
                Joel Cherney MVP

                It looks to me like you don't need the second nested style. Your paragraph style should be in Regular anyways, and the reason that it seems to work through one forced line break, even though there isn't one, is that the second nested style gets applied all the way to the end of the paragraph. Think of it this way: you define your paragraph style as what you want the whole paragraph to look like, and you use a nested style if you need one divergence from the paragraph style at the beginning of the paragraph, two nested styles if you need two divergences at the beginning, and so on. So - you don't need nested character styles to describe the whole paragraph, just the parts that should look different from the paragraph style.

                 

                If you kill the second nested style, what happens to your layout?

                • 5. Re: Paragraph Return vs Forced Line Break in a nested style
                  GeofferyH Community Member
                  you define your paragraph style as what you want the whole paragraph to look like, and you use a nested style if you need one divergence from the paragraph style at the beginning of the paragraph, two nested styles if you need twodivergences at the beginning, and so on. So - you don't need nested character styles to describe the whole paragraph, just the parts that should look different from the paragraph style

                   

                  That makes it clear. Yes, killing the second style works just fine.

                  Thanks for helping to clear that up.

                   

                  Geoff