Use a right aligned tabulator stop or a numeric comma stop.
Begin by turning on text symbols. Set the alignment to Left and remove all but a single tab between the columns. For your table you want a total of two tab characters per line. Don't worry how messy it looks.
Select the body of the LEP and open Type > Tabs. Add a Right align tab where you want the second column to go, and a left align tab where you want the third column to go. Add a tab by clicking, change the alignment in the Tab Well at the far left. Drag tabs left/right to reposition, and drag extra tabs out of the ruler to remove them. (Two total!)
I used center tabs for the heading.
Thanks Barb. What you did looks awesome. Unfortunately, my set up is a little bit different. Instead of trying to draw you a picture, I just took a snapshot of the actual file. For this example, we'll just call the "Ch-Se-Su" section "Section Number".
Because of the way I have my chapter files set up, I had to bring in the Section Number and Date as their own entities in the Table of Contents Style tool. I set the Page Number option for the Section Number to "No Page Number". I set the Page Number option for the Change Date to "Before Entry", as seen here:
All of this gets me the correct information in the correct columns. The only issue I'm having is the alignment of the numbers. I want them to align on the decimal instead of on the first digit.
I've tried a Right Indent Tab (^y) instead of a Tab Character (^t) in the "Between Entry and Number" field, but it doesn't change the alignment. I've also played with the Paragraph Style listed in the "Entry Style" field, but I just can't seem to get it to work.
Also, I want to make sure that I'm not going to have to redo the formatting for this every time I update the TOC/LEP. I'm trying to create a baseline template for my entire department. I'm one of the smart ones here. If I can't figure it out, I really don't want to let them loose on it. LOL
Thank you for any help you can provide. I really appreciate it.
Can you provide the file that you have so far? It is difficult to provide a solution without the formatting that you have in place already. I have been tinkering around with this and think that I have the solution but I have no good way to test it without your file.
Unfortunately, the information in these files is proprietary. So I can't share the original files. I can build some dummy files for testing. However, as the TOC and LEP are their own separate files in a book which interrogate the other files in the book, that would be about 6 separate files. Is there a way to share all of that on here?
How are you getting the two paragraphs on the first line to appear on the same line? a baseline shift?
In any case, you need a tab in front of the numbers to give them a right alignment. That isn't a feature in the table of contents set up dialog box, but you could add a tab automatically using bullets and numbering. Use it to automatically add a tab in front of the page numbers but not the bullet or a number.
My apologies but I have been distracted with a major project. I am deeply sorry that I have not responded sooner. I know what it is like when you cannot find or receive the help that you need when you need it.
I completely understand about the proprietary nature of your work. The solution I was working on would work on a single InDesign file or book with separate files. I do not know of how or if you could share files here. If you still require assistance you could email me the files at email@example.com and I will be happy to investigate the situation and apply my possible solution.
Once again, my sincerest of apologies for not responding to you sooner.