Running heads

A running head is a continuation header for a section of a document that extends across a number of pages. Running heads and feet are positioned at the top and bottom of data columns defined within the page data area. A typical usage is to repeat the title of the current section and add “continued”, as shown below:

This example also shows how an optional running foot output at the bottom of the data column indicates that a running head is still active at that point on the page.

To create a running head, use the Assign content to running head property of the mapping. The running head will stay in effect until it is redefined or cancelled by a mapping with the Cancel running head property set.

There are five running head levels arranged in a hierarchy. These can be used to reflect the document structure. A level 1 running head could be used for the chapter title, level 2 for the section title, level 3 for a subsection, and so on. Defining a running head at a specific level has the effect of cancelling all the lower running head levels. For example, defining a level 3 running head will cancel an active level 4 and level 5 running head.

The style of each running head level is applied by a running head note mapping. Each running head mapping allows you to add content to the text that is displayed. For example, the “— continued” in the example above is specified by the running head post-content.

The inclusion of running heads and running feet within each page is controlled by options declared in the selected page layout.

[Note] Note

Use a header or footer mapping if you need to position a continuation heading outside the page data area.

The data column width determines the maximum available measure for a running head and running foot. For this reason, running heads are automatically reset at any forced segment boundary (for example, when changing from a single column to a double column layout).

The use of running heads is not recommended on pages assembled using more than one page type.