3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 26, 2011 11:58 PM by Andreas Jansson

    Conditional text based on page side?

    xmlapi Level 1

      I have two text frames on the left and right side of each page. If it's a left hand page, I want to show the left frame, if it's a right hand page, I want to show the right frame.


      Is there any automatic feature to do this or do I have to use a script to manually go through each page and show/hide the frames based on page side?

        • 1. Re: Conditional text based on page side?
          Andreas Jansson Level 2

          Unless there are other differences between the left and right frame, I'd look into the anchoring options for text frames. I believe there are options such as "away from spine", and other, that can automatically place an anchored textframe depending on left or right.


          Consider this a mere hint, since I don't fully grasp the situation / problem. (Eg. is scripting already involved, are you importing xml or is it a "plain template" that you are setting up?)


          Best regards,


          • 2. Re: Conditional text based on page side?
            xmlapi Level 1

            Scripting is involved since it is an automated process where it imports XML, does a couple of modifications, and exports a PDF for each XML file.


            On each page, I have a main text frame (the main content area) and a left side placeholder and a right side placeholder. Left pages need to display the left side placeholder etc.


            How do I use anchored objects to set left and right? what options do I exactly set in the anchored object options?

            • 3. Re: Conditional text based on page side?
              Andreas Jansson Level 2

              You'll have to figure out whether this can help you at all, by setting up a document by hand first. Paste a textframe at the cursor position in you main text, select the new object, and then right-click and select anchored object.






              There you can set up the anchored object to appear a certain distance from the spine.


              I'm not sure how to handle this within an xml-import. Try tagging the anchored frame, and see what happens.


              If it seems to work out, you would probably use TextFrame.anchoredObjectSettings to set things up from the script.

              I get this result, checking the existing properties of an anchored textframe in a document:


              Result: reflect,
















              You could also look up "AnchoredObjectSetting"  in the Object Model Viewer, in the Extendscript Toolkit, to see all it's settings.


              Best of luck to you!