Threaded text frame limitations in the Web Editor

There are certain limitations with the Web Editor when it comes to threaded text frames in your InDesign documents.

Sometimes, you might have text is enclosed in a text frame that starts on a previous page or contains a table.

In both cases, you might find some of the text in the text frame appearing on the wrong page in the Web Editor.

Why does this happen?

The cause of this issue is a limitation with the IDML file format and the InDesign algorithm which allocates the text.

  • If you have installed Redokun's InDesign extension, this limitation only applies to tables within threaded text frames.
  • If you have not installed Redokun’s InDesign extension, this limitation applies to all threaded text frames.

⚠️ Nevertheless, do note that this is merely a limitation of the Web Editor. Ultimately, it does not affect the position of the text in the translated file.

How can I solve this issue?

Recommended solution: Install the InDesign extension

The best way to fix this issue is to install Redokun's InDesign extension.

Once you've installed the extension:

  1. Close and reopen InDesign.
  2. Save your document under a new name.
  3. Convert the newly saved document to IDML.

Alternative solution: Break the treaded text frames with a script

If you don't want to install Redokun's InDesign extension, you can also break the threaded text frames.

Adobe InDesign comes with a pre-installed script called  SplitStory.jsx which splits all the threaded text frames in just a few seconds. You can read more about it here.

🗣 Generally, we suggest limiting the use of threaded text-frames across the document if you don’t explicitly need them (e.g. in case you have long text overflowing).

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