In the last Finessing Files-related post, I discussed uses of the Nonbreaking Space. It is a quick and easy way to prevent text from breaking at awkward spaces. But InDesign also provides a No Break option that unites the words you have highlighted and does not allow them to break at the end of a line. You can access it in a number of ways. The illustrated paragraph contains a single word on the last line. As a production artist, you could let it be, or you could spare your art director from having heart palpitations by correcting it at this stage.
It’s a new year. I look back at my–more and more–infrequent posts and think I had better start blogging regularly. But, as I get older, I realize that many of my thoughts are not worthy of preservation. I don’t want to make resolutions, but there’s a few things that I think everyone should do to help make the world a little better.
Do something civic-minded:
Attend a neighborhood meeting
Canvas for a candidate
Run for office
Volunteer for something
Learn something new:
A new program
A new language
How to knit
Park far away and walk
Dust off your bike; see if you still remember how
Grab some soup cans and lift them while you watch TV
Clean up enough so that if guests showed up at your door you could invite them in, but not so much that your mother would feel at home in your house
Meet a friend regularly. Give them a hat you knit yourself.
Say “Yes” when people ask you to do something
That’s what I plan on doing this year. Maybe I’ll get some inspiration to write.
Spaces are often taken for granted. They are thought of simply as the delimiter of words in a sentence. But spaces are powerful. For instance, the days of putting two spaces between sentences are long gone, but the need for that space equivalent is still here. In fact, there are now more types of spaces available than most people have ever thought of: em spaces, en spaces, thin spaces, figure spaces, and more. Today I am contemplating the nonbreaking space.
It is fun to find talented designers/layout artists and guide their hands as they work in InDesign. It is also interesting to hear their questions. I have worked at typesetting/desktop publishing for so many years that I do certain tasks as a matter of course, keeping in mind that an extra hour spent at the beginning will save precious minutes over the course of a series of books, or even during the edit phase of a project.
So, the next few blog entries will feature ways to create smarter styles so that text reflow in the editing phase of a project will go more smoothly. You will find discussions about times to use a Nonbreaking Space, how to set up a No Break Character Style, and even a very shallow discussion about Using GREP to Control Bad Breaks before they crop up. I hope you find some of these tips useful.
I had high hopes for this movie. What’s not to like: long-time game master nerd meets uber-hip gamer geek. Game master invites geek to come play. Game group rules and loyalties are challenged (beer, anyone?). Hilarity should ensue.