Leaf Properties

The leaf properties dialog displays a set of characteristics associated with the active leaf in a full looseleaf publication.

These characteristics include:

  • General information, such as the page number, the number of times the page has been modified, and a release label that identifies the update in which the leaf was last changed

  • Status information. In a looseleaf publication, this indicates when a leaf marks the start of a leaf group, can carry a link line, or has been manually included in the update. In a changed pages publication, this indicates when the printed output is visually different from the published output for this page.

  • Initial Page Types describe the page layouts assumed when rendering the content associated with the leaf. Page types are created using the layout editor and are applied by mappings.

    The initial leaf page types declare the following:

    • Front — The page type assumed prior to rendering the front (odd) page of the leaf. A value of {implied} means that the leaf content will be rendered using the page type in force at the start of the leaf. The page type declared remains in force unless overridden by a style sheet mapping rule or the preferred followed by page layout.

    • Followed by —The preferred page type applied when rendering all other non-empty pages created when processing the leaf. A value of {implied} means that the leaf content will be rendered using the page type in force at the start of the leaf. The page type declared here can be overridden by a style sheet mapping that assigns a different current and followed by page layout.

    • Blank Back — This defines the preferred intentionally blank page type. In a looseleaf publication, this page type will be used when the rendered content of the leaf fits entirely within the first page of that leaf. This page type also sets the {implied} intentionally blank page type for all following leaves, and remains in force unless overridden by the intentionally blank page type specified for a subsequent leaf.

    TopLeaf will ignore an attempt to use a Blank Back page layout to render the content of a non-empty page.

  • Leaf Indicators associate leaf specific metadata to individual leaves. When you compose the partition document, TopLeaf assigns the content of the default leaf indicators to each new leaf created. If the default indicators are varied from release to release, you can use the indicators to track a leaf-by-leaf version history for the document. See “Indicators” for more details.

Manually including leaves

TopLeaf provides two methods for the manual inclusion of leaves. A soft leaf inclusion occurs when you want TopLeaf to include an unchanged leaf in an update, even if the content of that leaf is unchanged. A hard leaf inclusion occurs when you want TopLeaf to include an unchanged leaf in an update, even if the rendered visual appearance of that leaf is unchanged.

To apply a soft leaf inclusion to a leaf, highlight the leaf you want to include from the leaf list. Check the Include control and then press OK to close the dialog. To remove a soft leaf inclusion uncheck the Include control, then press OK to close the dialog. The partition leaf tree will be redisplayed after you close the properties dialog. A icon identifies a manually included leaf.

To apply a hard leaf inclusion to a leaf, highlight the leaf you want to include from the leaf list. Check the Include Unchanged Output control and then press OK to close the dialog. To remove a soft leaf inclusion uncheck the Include control, then press OK to close the dialog. The partition leaf tree will be redisplayed after you close the properties dialog. A icon identifies a hard leaf inclusion.

Leaf groups

If you are using a partition based numbering scheme the leaf set can be organised into one or more leaf groups. Leaf groups are usually associated with a major document structural unit, such as a chapter, a table of contents, or an index. If set, the Leaf Group control indicates if the selected leaf is the first leaf in a leaf group.

In some circumstances you may need to manually alter the leaf group status. For example, removing the leaf group status on the second of two adjacent leaf groups allows you to reflow or renumber the leaves as a single leaf group. Alternatively, marking a leaf as the start of a new leaf group allows you to reflow or renumber a leaf subset within an existing leaf group. To apply or remove the leaf status that indicates a start of a leaf group, highlight the first leaf of the leaf group and check the Leaf Group control. Be aware that making arbitrary changes to the leaf group status can have implications for optimized input change tracking and the generation of additional point pages.

If you are using a section based numbering scheme the Leaf Group indicates if the selected leaf is the first leaf in a section. You cannot manually adjust this status.

Suppressing link lines

You can suppress a fixed block link line by enabling the Suppress link line leaf property. This property is located on the leaf properties dialog, and is enabled for the last leaf of a leaf group, or the last leaf of a partition. To suppress the link line at the end of a leaf group, highlight the last leaf of a leaf group and check the Suppress link line control.

See the Mapping Guide — <linkline-properties/> command if you need to suppress a data block link line.