… which oddly presents its own unique dilemma: text I have formatted in Helvetica comes out looking ‘redacted’ (funny, because ‘redactions’ is part of this story). Not sure what’s up with that.
The good news is that when I place the exported test file into Publisher, it does appear that the Section Styles are working: when I change a font within a style, it changes in the document.
The question is whether making that change in one imported file will make the change to ALL of the imported files once they’ve placed into the document. I’ll have to experiment with that later today.
Also, I just found / added the font want to use to my system, so I guess the next thing I will have to do is go back to the Scrivener doc and see if I can make a universal font change. I don’t anticipate too much trouble with that.
This project is something I work on in the late day/early evenings, so I’ll know more later in the day. In the meantime this appears to have been quite helpful. Thank you.
Yeah, I would not consider export to be a valid workaround in most any scenario, as the compiler does a whole lot more for you than just making one document out of many.
At any rate, yes: styled text, both of paragraph and character nature, should be in the compiled RTF, DOCX or ODT file. The only reason they should not, is if you edit your compile format, and click the gear button in the Styles compile format pane and disable Include styles information in exported file. That’s something you would have to very deliberately do, as it is on by default for obvious reasons.
In the provided sample project you will find a variety of tests being performed here:
There is a block quote in “scene a”, to test paragraph styles coming from the editor.
There is an emphasis style, modified to enhance its visibility, in the first paragraph, to test character styles. Nothing else is styled in the content.
The compile Format has been set up to apply Body paragraph style (defined in the format itself) to all content, via the Section Layout in use for text items.
It also sets up two heading styles and assigns them to the titles in the two Section Layouts we are using.
When I open this ODT file in LibreOffice, I see styles assigned to everything in the document and a proper two-level heading outline. The two styles coming from the project (block quote and emphasis) are passed through, and the three styles defined in the compile settings are working too.
So in other words, we’re going to need more reproduction detail in order to see what you’re referring to—and it’s also worth compiling that project yourself and seeing if it works any better.
Given the fact that exporting the files rather than compiling them showed that Affinity Publisher (which I personally never even tried) supports the styles, I’d say that this above is most likely the reason they weren’t showing up in the previous attempt.
Definitely the first place to look. Make sure the setting is right.
Well… I’m not sure what I was doing wrong before… OR what I’m doing right now… but I just did another Compile from Scrivener to Word, and placed the Word doc in Publisher and… all the Section Styles are now working in both places. I can pretty readily change the entire document via sections with a couple of clicks.
I wonder why you say section styles when talking about styles. There are three style varieties – character (a), paragraph (¶), and both (¶a). None of them are directly related to anything I’d call a section.
Well you are technically correct, but you can at least use Section Types to “inject” Compiler styles into the heading or text, so there is an indirect relation at least… Maybe we can call Styles injected by Section types, Section Styles?
Well, my only point is that there are several types of styles, and while they are members of the same kind they serve different functions. We do on the forum have lots of problems, as you pointed out here, of users not being specific with their terminology. Editor styles are not the same as compiler styles, who may be used as-is or co-opted by a Section Type. These are different uses while they may all be classified as styles, just as a greyhound and dachshund may both be classified as dogs, but do not do exactly the same things.