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If you type in "Chapter 1" then hit tab, followed by the author, you can select the text, open up tabs (cmd/ctrl+shift+T) and adjust the spacing between the 2 sections. In the 'leader' box add a period and that will fill the tab space with some dots. See image attached. You can select all the text in one-go and do this for the lot - saves you doing it individually.
Well, if your "chapter" and your "jon doe" are in separate text boxes, then there's no easy way to do it. (You could draw a bunch of dotted lines, that's not hard, but the only way to standardize would be to manually drag lines around.)
However, if "chapter" and "jon doe" are in the same text box, separated by a tab, then it's pretty easy. Have you used a tab ruler before? Give this a try:
1) Type up a brief sample in a text box like the one in your post, but instead of separating the columns with dots, just use a single tab
2) Select all text
3) Go to Type -> Tabs
4) I hope this looks familiar to you (probably from MS Word, or perhpas from <gasp> using a typewriter) but if not,
4a) Click once on the ruler to insert a tab stop
4b) type a period in the "leader" box, and
4c) hit Tab or Enter to confirm
FYI, that's what you want, a "leader" or a "dot leader." Knowing that it's called a "leader" will help you find it in InDesign's Help.
Wow, quick and good help! thanks a lot