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Editor Why Can't I…

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Help / Editor Why Can't I... - 20 Jun 2013 15:01

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This document lists the most common impasses related to editing. If your issue isn't listed, you could try reviewing the Editor's How Do I... list to see if there is another way to achieve what you are trying to do, or look through See and Do to see what is possible. Alternatively, the manual explains how various features work, which might shed some light. Failing that have a look on the website, or get in touch...

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1 Why Can't I...

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...Merge Chunks?

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You can only merge the text of the same type of chunk. Also only items and text chunks can be merged together. Markup chunks are not merged by a merge but are left in their same relative position (i.e. the text before and the text after each markup is treated separately) - so they may prevent a merge [manual].

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...Change The Numbering Of My List?

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Lists are automatically numbered. The numbering format for lists in general is a document setting, which dictates the numbering to be used by default for all item levels. Every item can potentially override the doument setting and impose its own numbering. However, only the first item of each level in that list can set the format, all later ones follow suit - to get a consistent list. Otherwise you could end up with a list numbered 1), b), iii).

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So in the following list:

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...Change The Numbering Of My Section?

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Sections are automatically numbered based upon their level, using the format specified in the document sections setting [more].

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The document also specifies the numbering of the first section, to allow large manuscripts to be split over several documents. This means the level of the very first section in the document cannot be changed from that section chunk's details. Instead you need to change the first section setting in the document settings [more].

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Additionally a part chunk can be set to restart section numbering so the next section chunk after it will be section 1 or equivalent.

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2 ...See My User Edit Menu Buttons?

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...See My Lexicon Entries As Suggestions?

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...Get My Typing Reactions To Work?

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...See My Formatting?

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The document styles are only applied when the document is saved. You can however preview your document at any time [how].

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If you're not seeing the styling you expect in the preview, see ‘Why can't I…get my styles to work?

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...See My Headers/Footers?

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The headers and footers are included only when the document is printed from ProseEdit itself. They do not appear in the preview, nor will they be visible from a browser.

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...See Any Difference After Changing The Document's Style Palette?

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The style palette is used to translate the style element settings, and provide list of what settings are available. Changing the style palette has no direct effect on the styles which are already set within the document, only how they appear when you set them.

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For example, the pale yellow of help buttons might appear as

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background-color       rgb(255,255,164)

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under one style palette, but

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Background Colour       help button background

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with another - but it's still the same yellow though.

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...Get My Inline Links To Work?

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The usual problem is spaces in the wrong places. The syntax is \<link> or \<title = link>

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Also a link to a document must contain its full filename including any comment and its extension, so \<Why Can't I....prose.html> links to this help file - note the ‘.prose.html’.

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...Get My Styles To Work?

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There are lots of reasons for styles not to behave quite how you expect. The most common problem is style hierarchy [more] which can be confusing - especially in tables [more].

Generally speaking, the more widely applicable styles can be overruled by more specific ones, but only if they include the same (or a related) style element.

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Other causes of confusion include:

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...See My Column Styles?

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Column styles are strictly limited under CSS, other elements are ignored [manual]. This affects the ‘Columns’ style and the Style Overrides for column chunks.

Consider using the ‘- included Cells’ style override, which is applied to the cells in this column directly. Alternatively, set the style overrides on the cells themselves, and use Copy and Paste Style to transfer the styling to all cells involved [how].

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...See My Header Column Styles?

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Column styles are strictly limited under CSS, other elements are ignored [manual]. This affects the ‘Header Column Highlight’ style.

Column styles can also be overruled by Riw or Cell chunk styles.

Consider using the ‘In Header Column Highlight’ style under ‘Cells’, which is applied to the cells in the header columns directly.

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