Sounds like a good use for Conditional Text where you can put all the languages for each note on the page together, then just turn on or off the condition attached to the language.
Thank you, Peter, it is a beginning.
You can use Peter's script: Endnotes to footnotes!
Obi, the problem is interesting.
Perhaps is the same if you have endnotes o footnotes.
If I convert the old note to:
then, can't we invent a method to ask Indesign to replace
1. a to 1. Paix, 2.
2.b 2. Mort
Thus, the first number (the cross reference) remains intact. This operation can be a list of replaces where 1.a = 1. Pax, etc.
Also, if I insert the replace text in the original text with a return, later I could eliminate that text.
You can use Rob's script.
Before, you "mark" the § (with eg @ at the beginning and # at the end). Then you launch Rob's script and finally delete all you have between @ and #\r, including them: @.+#\r. So we have dynamic endnotes that Peter's script can convert now to footnotes.
Conditional text aks for insert the new text inside the old text.
This operation is what I am avoiding. Cut-Copy-Paste resolves but the method is very archaic. Some kind of substitution should be inspired.
Obi, I am afraid Rob's method is that to make a cross reference between a list of notes to be inserted in the text.
Here, the notes are already fine and tuned. But the language of the notes must be replaced. Only one language. Note by note is a suicide. It should be a solution as it is pure mechanics.
My company has a script that does this but I can't send it to you.
If you send me your ID file (with the "spanish" footnotes) and the "new" notes at the end of the file (not in endnotes, only simple §), I can treat it in the night. The script we use marks the notes calls, delete them (and so the actual foonotes) and recreate new footnotes using the list at the end of the file.
Please maintain your offer!
In between I will try to find a scripter to do it.
(have you a name?)
Perhaps it is affordable.
Thanks, thanks, thanks.
There are scripters on the forum! Perhaps, they would do it for nothing!
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A roundabout way might be to use Jongware's script for turning [un-linked] endnotes into footnotes. You'd have to make your file look like a Word import first, as Jongware describes, but then you could use Peter Kahrel's script to get linked endnotes.
Thank you David.
It is a superb post.