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On 6/26/2013 11:10, Brian Barker wrote:
At 10:11 26/06/2013 -0700, Dave Liesse wrote:
I belong to a radio theater group and often serve as director, which means I'm responsible for the scripts for those shows. There are some standard requirements for the script format, and I haven't been able to figure out how to make them happen automagically through formatting or styles. Would appreciate any help. Here is what I need:

1.  Header on every page.  No problem with that by itself, but see #2.
2. Every line numbered. Problem I've had here is (a) headers get the numbers, too, ...

I'm puzzled. Are you using Insert | Header to create a real header? If so, I don't see that the header is included in line numbering.

That was a few versions of LO ago, so it might have been a version-specific glitch. But yes, that's how I did it.

... and (b) numbering needs to start over on each page.

o Go to Tools | Line Numbering... and tick "Show numbering".
o At the bottom, tick "Restart every new page".

Thanks for this one. I'm so used to turning numbering on with the icon that I didn't even think to look for a menu item to give me more options (I don't recall seeing the toolbar in the past, either, which also has this option).

Separate question about formatting the numbers, though. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious, but I can't find anyplace to (a) eliminate the indent on the number, and (b) eliminate the period that follows. Best guess I have is that it's a combination of character and paragraph styles, but haven't found the magic combination, yet. All I want is a number flush with the left margin, no punctuation.

3. Need a hanging indent, for spoken lines that don't fit on one physical line, but need a tab within the indent (between the line number and the text) so the character's name can be inserted.

o Go to right-click | Edit Paragraph Style... | Indents & Spacing | Indent.
o Set "Before text" to some suitable positive value.
o Set "First line" to the corresponding negative value.

For each speech, type the character name, press Tab, and then type the speech text. The Tab character will move the start of the text to the indented paragraph boundary.

I overlooked the obvious here -- put a tab character in the indent section, so in theory that's where typing will begin after the auto-number is followed by a tab character. Just need to figure out the previous issue, now.

I trust this helps.

Everything helps -- we all need reminders now and then, and anything new is gravy!

Brian Barker


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