Setting my first book using ID CS6 Win.
Main titles start with chapter number followed by title words, but the publisher doesn't want the chapter numbers in running headers. So I have set up a blank character style to pick up just the remaining words into the running header using a text variable, which works just fine.
However, some chapter titles include a variable number of italicised words in variable positions within the title. eg THIS TITLE CONTAINS ITALICS or THIS TITLE CONTAINS ITALICS.
If I apply the italic character style to the title words, italicised words and the rest of the title do not appear in the running header because the text variable only picks up the blank character style on first use.
What's the best way to retain the italics segment of the title in the running header?
Thanks for any help.
There may not be a good way. How many variations do you have?
Titles only have one italic segment, so there aren't too many permutations.
What I've done is to create three text variables for before italic, italic, and after italic linked to three character styles so they are picked up in order. Seems to work OK, but is rather a clunky method.
InDesign treats running headers as a single character therefore you can't have any permutations of different styles, unfortunately, and it's an area that has been neglected since CS3 was announced with the running head feature.
Power Headers by InTools is well worth it http://in-tools.com/products/plugins/power-headers/