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Defining the Appearance of Bulleted Lists
By default, ePublisher generates output for bulleted lists based on the properties of the content from the original source documents. Some tools use the Symbol or Wingdings font for bullets. These fonts may not be available on all computers, which can cause the bullets in your output to not be displayed correctly. You can address this issue by using an image for your bullets, or you can create a character style with a font family assigned, such as sans-serif, and then apply that character style through ePublisher to the characters you choose to define for your bullets.
You may also need to increase the left margin of your bulleted list item styles to provide the correct spacing for the bullet and to allow the text to be properly aligned. In addition, you may need to adjust the left margins of both bulleted and numbered list items to get them to line up with each other. This alignment can reduce the number of vertical columns on a page, which can help the user scan the information. This alignment can also let you use the same paragraph formats for paragraphs within either a bulleted or numbered list. For more information about additional margin adjustments, see “Defining the Appearance of Numbered Lists”.
Note: If you plan to generate output for Wiki markup, the process used to define the appearance of bulleted lists for Wiki markup is different that the process used to define the appearance of bulleted lists items in other output formats. For more information, see “Defining the Appearance of Bulleted and Numbered Lists for Wiki Markup”.
To create custom bullets
1. Open your Stationery design project.
2. On the View menu, click Style Designer.
3. On the Project menu, click a target in the Active Target menu option that is an output format that supports this option.
4. In Paragraph Styles, select the style you want to modify.
5. On the Properties tab, click Bullet.
6. If you want to create a custom bullet based on an image, complete the following steps:
a. Make sure the image you want to use as your bullet image is stored in the Files folder in your project. You can copy the image file to this folder.
b. In the Image field under Bullet Info, select the image you want to use.
7. If you want to create a custom bullet based on a special character, complete the following steps:
a. In the Text field, type the special character you want to use. You can type a special character using the Windows Alt key code.
b. In the Separator field, type the separator characters, such as a non-breaking space, that you would like to use between the bullet and the beginning of the first line of text.
c. In the Character Style field, select the defined character style you want to apply to the special character specified in the Text field. You can specify any character style that already exists in your project. The character style should use a font available on your users’ computers. Avoid custom fonts, which can cause bullet characters to be displayed differently on various computers.