From what I can tell, the <$chapter> placeholder is not supported in compile page headers. The placeholder list says…
“Not all placeholders are supported in headers and footers. In addition to the special header and footer placeholders specified below (which can only be used in headers and footers), only the placeholders listed under the sections Page Numbers, Current Date and Time, and User and Project Information are supported in headers and footers.”
Is that true? Many books use the chapter name in place of author name in their facing page headers. It seems somewhat egotistical, in my mind, to have your name plastered on every other page. I want to use the chapter titles rather than my name. If anyone can’t remember they’re reading a book by Chuck Miller, they can look on the cover.
There’s no <$chapter> placeholder at all, not just in headers and footers… A <$chapter> placeholder would make no sense in Scrivener, since Scrivener has concept of a chapter per se. Bridey’s answer provides the solution, though - the <$pageGroupTitle> placeholder does exactly what you are after.
Thanks. The placeholder <$pageGroupTitle> works great. I couldn’t find it in the documentation, but placing pageGroupTitle in uppercase makes the chapter name appear in uppercase. I was wanting that, as well.