no, if we consider the plain user interface (UI).
The answer is yes, but… with a workaround by scripting, that involves one step in the UI before and some steps after running the script.
It may not fit the solution you might have hoped for.
My script can only thread a new text frame to the anchored one. It does not automatically change the position, if the anchor is moving up or down and more or less text should be flow to the second frame. Also: You have to position the second frame after running the script to the next page.
1. First select the anchored text frame.
Now you have a second text frame that is threaded to the one that is anchored exactly on top of the one that is anchored.
3. Position the new text frame on the next page by moving it to the next page.
This solution is not automatic in the sense, that if the anchor point is moving up or down, that the anchored one is changing height and the new text frame is automatically changing height as well. Perhaps you can do this by using the controls for text fitting in the text frame options for the second frame. But some quick tests are showing this is not possible for the first anchored frame.
Here is the script:
You can undo the whole operation in one go after running the script.
I've not tested your script yet but I've a question: if the layout moves, what happens?
with an EventListener one could do a lot more for automating this.
And yes, the x-offset could be readout. Also other coordinates of the anchor.
To do it in every case, even when the text frame holding the anchor is rotated or sheared or flipped is a different thing.
It could be done, but requires some processing.
Then the question would be, how would processing time interfer with redrawing and adjusting the anchored object and the text frame that is threaded to it…
That's why maybe there's a fluider way:
2 stories on the page. The op copies and pastes all the paras he wants in the "side" story (maybe the script can do it!).
He places an invisible marker as # at the beginning of all the paras he wants to be treated (maybe by a simple grep research).
The script will simply search all the #: when it finds the first in the story A, it keeps its X-Offset and applies it to the first # in the story B … and so on!
[ Don't forget: I'm not a scripter! ]
Yes, I think so.
Practical problems would only arise, if that kind of script is actually written and tested ;-)
Aha! If you write such a script, many will take it and do not even tell you thank you!
I still understand it and try it, Off course will thank him and maybe will ask if I face a problem in this script.
Thank you very much Laubender. it works good.