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Allow components of a cross-reference's text to be formatted individually [improvement]


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Not sure if this was the scope of the improvement, but there is currently no way to address regular text formatting. I presume text fields refers to fields and not regular text. But any changes in the cross-reference window for character styles like bold, italics or underline don't come across in the actual reference still. Notice how I cannot modify the style of the text "page" in the video below (only if i apply a character style globally to Everything, can I change the style):

This is on windows 10.0.19045, Publisher 2.3.0.2114.

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With the changes in 2.3 you can:

  • Not apply a style override. Example: Apples on page 12
  • Apply a style override to the entire cross-reference. Example: Apples on page 12
  • Apply a style override just to the fields. Example: Apples on page 12
  • Apply a style override just to the text fields: Example: Apples on page 12
  • Apply a style override just to the number fields. Example: Apples on page 12

You cannot:

  • Apply a style override just to the plain text. Example: Apples on page 12
  • Apply different style overrides to different fields and to the plain text

With the 2.3 change, Serif made it much more flexible but didn't address every possible combination of formatting. To address every combination would require a much more complex user interface.

Download a free manual for Publisher 2.4 from this forum - expanded 300-page PDF

My system: Affinity 2.4.2 for macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro)

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Oh, you're not supposed to be able to format plain text inside the Text field in the Cross-References dialog, as you've done with italic and underline. That isn't allowed on macOS. I assume this is just an oversight in the Windows version which is why that formatting is being ignored when you click OK.

Download a free manual for Publisher 2.4 from this forum - expanded 300-page PDF

My system: Affinity 2.4.2 for macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro)

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21 hours ago, Intuos5 said:

Exactly my point. Either way formatting should stick or not be allowed if it doesn't stick.

It "sticks". It just doesn't apply to anything in your cross-reference. "Text fields" are the entries from the pull-down like the ones I've marked below, not text you type in the cross-reference entry:

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The issue "Cross reference > Can use keyboard shortcuts to bold / emphasis / underline text " (REF: AF-1135) has been fixed by the developers in internal build "2.3.0.2139".
This fix should soon be available as a customer beta and is planned for inclusion in the next customer release.
Customer beta builds are announced here and you can participate by following these instructions.
If you still experience this problem once you are using that build version (or later) please reply to this thread including @Serif Info Bot to notify us.

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The issue "Cross reference > Can use keyboard shortcuts to bold / emphasis / underline text " (REF: AF-1135) has been fixed by the developers in internal build "2.3.0.2150".
This fix should soon be available as a customer beta and is planned for inclusion in the next customer release.
Customer beta builds are announced here and you can participate by following these instructions.
If you still experience this problem once you are using that build version (or later) please reply to this thread including @Serif Info Bot to notify us.

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