- Do you use Paragraph and Character Styles on the first place before you create the first AL? (Without manual overrides!!!!!)
- Are your styles set up in a dependence so you will change one style other styles will change too?
- Does your AL create each own folder for styles which should be done during AL?
- If 3 is yes you should be able to redefine these fonts.
Thanks for the reply.
1. All styles were created in the master series (and correctly applied) before the altnernate layouts were generated.
2. Can you clarify what you mean by dependence? I interpret that as having the body style for my alternate layouts 'based on' (in the paragraph style dialogue) the body font from the master layout - in which case, no. But having said that, InDesign is correctly remapping the style from master to alternate layout in at least on case in the document. This is what's so perplexing, because I followed the same procedure each time I created a new page in the master and alternates and then placed and linked the content across them.
3. Indesign created new style groups for each of the alternate layouts when the ALs themselves were generated. Two of the ALs required an adjustment to the body font size, so I made the appropriate changes to their respective body paragraph style sheets.
When you tell Indesign to generate an alternate layout and assign a new set of style sheets specific to that layout, everything works perfectly.
That's because Indesign is applying the alternate style sheet set to that layout automatically.
My problem is that I have to add pages after the fact. When I place and link the photo and copy from the new page in my master layout across each corresponding new page in each of the alternate layouts, Indesign is doing just that – placing and linking the copy (with the master body style sheet) onto the other layouts. At that point, I have to manually apply the larger body style, which Indesign classifies as an edit to the content. So when I make any edits to the text in the master layout, then update all my links, it flags me with the content override warning. My only choice at this point is to accept, but while the text itself updates, I'm now stuck with body copy that has shrunk down to match the smaller font from the master layout, which again necessitates restyling it manually.
I found that when using place and link I had to show the content conveyor, then utilize the remap styles feature in that dialogue. Now everything works perfectly. Edits to the master layout now ripple seamlessly across all of my alternate layouts in the blink of an eye, and each body style maps correctly to the version of body text in each appropriate layout.