I have a collection of indesign documents collated in a book.
I want to implement a footer that looks like:
"Start Page - Last Page"
"750 - 763"
where Start Page is begining of the beging of the constituent indesign document and last page is the end of the document.
I can only find a variable for Last Page. Where the start page variable?
Sounds to me like you need a current page marker, which is a special character, not a variable.
But the Current Page Marker would only be the correct starting page at the very first page of each section! All next pages will show, well, the Current Page ...
There is no variable for this, it seems. A cross-reference might work -- initally, it's more work, but at least it will update automatically as you move pages around. Point against is, you would need to create a new master page for each article! (Assuming your footer is on a master page.)
I don't see a good solution out of the box.
This is true. I wonder though, why you waould want to list the start page number on EVERY page? You could, of course just enter it manually on the master when the page count is final.