That's a good question, considering you can't do endnotes in InDesign.
You'll have to elaborate on how you've set up your endnotes.
There are no endnotes in InDesign. You'll need to elaborate.
I placed a multi-chapter document. Considering that endnotes in InDesign are static, I thought that the numbering would remain the same as in my Word document, i.e. numbering starting over with each chapter. I have sections marked at the beginning of each chapter and each chapter begins with an odd page break.
Is your endnote numbering created using an automatic InDesign numbered
list, or are the numbers regular text?
Also, is this problem reflected also in the endnote references in the
main text, or only the endnote text at the end of the document?
If the problem is everywhere, you may want to consider going back to
Word, converting the endnotes to footnotes, and importing into InDesign.
Then you can get the numbering to restart with each section, and then
use a script to convert the footnotes to endnotes at the end of each
section (I think there's a free one floating around for that).
Perhaps there's a simpler way of doing it -- I'm not so familiar with
Word endnote import.
The endnotes are regular text. InDesign breaks the links to the actual citations. They were imported along with the Word file. If I have to, I can re-number them by hand but there are about 1200 of them. I don't want to go back to Word because the book is completely formatted. It may be a long day (and night) if I can't find a solution. I read that if the threads between the frames can be broken, then it is possible to automatically renumber the notes. I don't know how to break the threads and if I do, how will that affect the document as a whole? Thanks so much for your help.
Breaking the threads between sections won't help you, since the endnotes
and the endnote references in the text are completely static, regular
text. (However, if this is a long document, breaking the thread between
sections/chapters can significantly speed up InDesign, and it's one of
the first things I do when working on long docs.)
Now, presumably your endnotes references in the text have a character
style applied to them? Likewise, hopefully your endnote references at
the beginning of each endnote also have a character style applied to
them? If not, the first thing to do is apply a char style to these (make
2 styles -- one for the refs in text, the other for the numbers at start
Next, is to find a script that can do maths based on a character style.
Must be one around somewhere... ... yup, here
So, now you just need to run the script, figure out how much to subtract
from each character style for each section so that the first note is 1,
and Bob's your uncle.
Awesome! Thank you.
I have used my own Endnotes To Footnotes script to quickly insert or remove endnotes. (It may require some editing as it expects to have virgin, un-touched Endnotes at the very end of your document.) After adjusting, a quick call to Peter Kahrel's FootnoteToEndnote script put things back where they belong.
The script is down this thread: