When a publication features several stories or articles, one or more stories may start on a particular page and then skip to another page further back in the document. In this way, all important information can be presented at the front, and the reader can quickly scan the document for content. This technique, known as threading a story, enhances interest and provides variety.When a story is threaded through a document, the point where the story disconnects and continues elsewhere is called a story jump. Jumping a story requires knowledge of two techniques: how to thread the stories and how to guide the reader around.
Second, with a jumped story, the designer must create a navigational signpost for the reader. To enable the reader to read a story from beginning to end, the designer needs to place a "continued on page" object called a jump-line page number.
Creating Jump Lines
Whenever any story in a multi-page publication skips to a non-contiguous page, readers need to be led to the rest of the story via a tiny "continued on page n" section at the point of disconnection, and also a "continued from page n" where the story continues on. These navigational devices are commonly called jump lines.
In InDesign, jump line text may be dynamically created in a separate frame that is attached to the story. That way, if the story is edited, even though the exact point of disconnection may not remain at the same textual point in the story, the jump correctly refers the reader to the next or previous story segment. In addition, if pages are added or moved, the jump line page number is automatically updated.
Creating a "Continued On" Text Frame
This issue of "Classroom Technology Today" tenders a main story that will go from page 1 to 2 and then jump to page 4, leaving room for another article on page 3.
Since we have only two pages at this point, we cannot see the rest of the story. First, we will create a "continued on" frame to tell readers to go to page 4 to finish reading the story, and then we will add the pages and place the rest of the story on page 4.
Let's create a "continued on" segment. We need to move to page 2 and draw a frame to enclose the jump line text.
Step1. To go to page 2, press:
Step2. To choose page 2, type:
Step3. To activate the Frame tool, in the Tools panel,
Step4. To draw the frame for the jump line, at the bottom of column 3, just above the graphic,
Press & Drag a 1/4" frame in the right column, directly above the image
NOTE: Use the measurement tool tip to help you draw the frame in the correct size.
Step5. To position the frame correctly, on the keyboard, press:
Left Arrow key, Right Arrow key, Up Arrow key, Down Arrow key until the frame touches or slightly overlaps the image
Step6. To jump the all text to the next column, in the Text Wrap panel,
Step7. To set the frame as text,
Right-Click the "continued on" frame, Point Content, Click Text
NOTE for MacOS Users: To set the frame as text, press Control keyand Click the frame, Click Content, Click Text.
Ignoring Text Wrap of Objects Below
The image underlying this frame has its own text wrap. When two objects with a text wrap are placed one on top of the other, they conflict with each other.
Step1. To activate the Type tool, in the Tools panel,
Step2. To begin entering text,
Click in the frame
Step3. To specify frame behavior,
Right-Click the blank area where the frame is located, Click Text Frame Options...
NOTE for MacOS Users: To specify the frame behavior, press Control keyandClick the blank frame area, Click Text Frame Options...
Step4. To make the frame override the graphic's offset,
Click the "Ignore Text Wrap" checkbox, Click
Step5. To change the text to 9 pt. Italic, in the font field of the Control panel,
Click, Click Italic, Click, Click 9 pt
Step6. To right-align the text, in the Control panel,
Step7. To enter some navigational text, type:
"Worried," continued on page Spacebar
NOTE: If the typed text, "Worried," etc., doesn't appear, the frame is too small. Click the frame with the Selection tool and enlarge the text frame. The text then should appear. You can then nudge the frame into place.
Step8. To insert the automatic page number,
Right-Click after the text, Point Insert Special Character, Point Markers, Click Next Page Number
NOTE for MacOS Users:To insert the automatic page number, press Control keyand Click after the text, Click Insert Special Character, Click Next Page Number.
NOTE: For dynamic page numbering to work, the text frames must be touching or overlapping.
Step9. Zoom in to view the text if necessary.
Step10. Center the text vertically inside the text frame using the Text Frame Options dialog box.
Inserting More Pages
As we have been adding more objects to the newsletter, we have been pushing the text from frame to frame across the document. In fact, there is much more of this story than can fit on the two pages we have. Now we need to insert two more pages onto this document to accommodate the rest of the content. Let's do that now.
Step1. To insert more pages, in the Pages panel,
Click, Click Insert Pages...
Step2. Change the number of pages to be added to 2.
NOTE: Be sure that the pages are to be inserted after page 2 and that B-Inside Pages master is applied.
Step3. To add two more pages, in the Pages dialog box,
Threading a Story with the In Port and Out Ports
When we jump stories, we use the in ports and out ports of text frames. To do this, a page designer needs to know how to disconnect a story on one page and continue it on another. This is done by using a feature of all InDesign text frames known as the out port or the in port, depending on whether the text frame is "jumping" the story away or picking up a continued thread. These ports are tiny squares located at the upper left and the lower right of each text frame when activated by the Selection tool. There are three types of ports:
|An empty in port or out port indicates the beginning or end of a story, respectively.|
|An arrow icon at the top left of a frame indicates that the text is linked to a preceding text frame. An arrow icon at the bottom right of a frame indicates linkage to a following frame.|
|The red plus sign in an out port indicates that there is more text in the story to be placed but no more text frames in which to place it. This remaining unseen text is called overset text.|
To disconnect a text thread, we click the bottom right port, where a blue arrow appears.
We will jump the story from page 2 to page 4.
Step1. Navigate to page 2.
Step2. To select the right column on page 2,
Click, Click the right column
Step3. To jump the story from page 2, at the bottom of the third column,
NOTE: The out port icon is located over the plaid shirt of the person in the right side of the image at the bottom of the page.
NOTE: To unload a loaded cursor and prevent unwanted text jumps, Click the Selection tool in the Tools panel.
Using Manual Flow to Redirect Text
In the previous workshop, we used Autoflow to direct the main story's text from column to column in our document. However, since some of the text is now hidden, we want to see incrementally how much text remains in the story. We can flow the text into page 4 just one column at a time. Using the default manual text flow adds text frame by frame; it stops flowing text at the bottom of each text frame, even if there is more text in the story. When manual text flow is used, the text icon must be reloaded for each text frame.
Let's use manual flow to distribute our text in the first column on page 4.
Step1. To move to page 4, in the Pages panel,
Step2. To place the story, in the left column of page 4,
Click in the upper left corner of the left column
On Your Own Exercise: Creating a "Continued From" Jump Line
In this document, readers will probably want to find another jump line that tells where the story is continued from. Hence, at this point you will create another jump line at the beginning of page 4.
This section has less guidance than the previous sections. If you would like a walk-through, watch this video.
Step1. With the Frame tool, draw a frame for the jump line at the top of column 1 on page 4.
Step2. Wrap the text around the frame in the Text Wrap panel.
Step3. Identify the frame as a text object.
Step4. In the frame, type, "Worried," continued from page.
Step5. Insert a Previous Page Number automatic page number after the text.
Step6. Format the text as 9 pt. Italic, aligned to the left.
Step7. Save the document.