Surprising Formatting Results

Here is how I have my project and formatting set up:

But when I compile, this is what I get (Chapter headings center justified):



The text for the Day of Sneeze Cabinet scene


The text for the Day of Sneeze Club scene



The text for the First Sneeze Meeting scene

I expected and desired this:


The text for the Day of Sneeze Cabinet scene

The text for the Day of Sneeze Club scene


The text for the First Sneeze Meeting scene

Apparently I still don’t understand the formatting dialog.

I have been able to get what I want by loading the Paperback Novel preset, then unchecking the title checkboxes and adjusting the paper size. I can see that my problem is that I needed a line for Text 2+.

So here’s my question: My setup said “Do this for level 1 text documents and all levels below that.” That failed. The setting above that works says “DO this for level 1 text documents, and do the same thing for text level 2 documents and all levels below that.”

I see no logical different between those two things, but the results were totally different.

If you had selected the third row down (of the Formatting pane) in your screen shot, I bet you would have found a “CHAPTER ONE” centered and then text below it in the example text window in the lower half. Starting from a novel template, it’s assuming you EITHER set up your binder as you are doing it, OR you have a series of level 1 chapter files, but no folders.

The extra Level 2+ document row is there to account for scene documents in chapter folders, yet allow for people to use a flat chapter-file organization with nothing but Level 1 chapter files.

Make sense?

Yes, that’s indeed what I saw, and that makes sense. But I don’t know why that would cause it to display two chapter headings without any text in between. I’d expect it to come to the folder and say “OK, I’ll put up a CHAPTER ONE,” then come to the text, and say “OK, now I’ll print the text,” instead of “OK, now I’ll put up a CHAPTER TWO.”

Thanks, but I’m still missing something. By using “1+” I thought I was saying "Do this for all text documents, no matter what level they are (or, as the manual says “and anything deeper in the hierarchy than that.”). That’s what I wanted. Why do I need to specify something specifically for level 2 text documents?

In other words, from my understanding of the manual:

but apparently they are not.

Yes, you’re understanding the “+” indicator correctly. The problem was that you had a “Chapter <$t>” prefix for the Level 1+ document row. In the Paperback Novel preset, that prefix and the title are included for the Level 1 row but not for the Level 2, thus it fixed the issue. Removing the prefix from the Level 1+ row would work the same.

Yes, that was it, thanks. So, even though the “Title” checkbox wasn’t checked, it was displaying the “title prefix” thing. There’s got to be a better way to organize the Compile/Formatting system.

I believe the “Title” checkbox refers to whatever you’ve named the Chapter folders/Scene documents in the binder. So, if your first chapter folder/document is named “Jon Goes to Work,” and you have the “Title” checkbox checked, you should see:

                                 Chapter I

                         John Goes to Work

Without it checked, you would just see the “Chapter I.” That’s assuming that you have set it up to say Chapter I in the compile options for that level of document/folder.