Indicators

Indicators are a facility for holding text that can be rendered on pages of the output without being included in the data. They can be used to store content — for example, standard headers and footers, effectivity or release dates, leaf specific modification history, or instructions used by stylesheet rules when rendering particular pages or sections of your documents.

The indicators are accessible through the menu Commands » Indicators and are set for the partition as a whole. In a looseleaf partition other indicators are accessible that are effective for a single leaf.

General indicators

The general indicators are provided for specific use as follows.

ID: declares an optional page number prefix (for example, V1 for the partition that contains the data for Volume 1)

First Folio: instructs TopLeaf to start numbering pages from the given number. This must be an odd number within the range 1 to 32,767.

In a full looseleaf publication that consists of more than one partition, the Link ID: and Link Folio: declare link information between the last page of one partition and the first page of the next partition.

Keywords

The Keywords: field provides a place to store arbitrary text that can be rendered on a page or pages as required.

Partition Indicators

Partition indicators declare a set of labelled text strings that can be used to record release specific information within the partition.

To insert a new indicator, right click in the open area within the group to display the Insert Indicator menu. Select a type (A to Z or blank) and insert the required text. Right click an existing indicator to display a modification menu that provides actions to insert before, insert after, modify or delete indicators.

Partition indicators can be accessed from a tag mapping by assigning their content to a user variable using the <set/> command. The following example shows how to assign a variable with the value of a partition indicator:

<set var="Supplier" indicator="partition:S1" />

Default Leaf Indicators

Default leaf indicators declare a set of labelled text strings that will be assigned to all new leaves created in a looseleaf update. You can use this information to assign release specific information to leaves created or modified within the current release.

In a mainwork, the default leaf indicators are assigned to all leaves. In an update, the default leaf indicators are assigned only to new leaves generated as a result of changes to the partition content.

Leaf indicators can be accessed from a tag mapping by assigning their content to a user variable using the <set/> command. The following examples shows how to assign a variable with the value of a leaf indicator:

<set var=LeafAuthor" indicator="leaf:A1" />
<set var=LeafAuthor" indicator="A1" />