When can Linked Textboxes be used ?
As seen above, the use of linked textboxes in GridTemplates is generally discouraged. However, there are cases where the use of linked boxes is useful and even necessary. In this topic, we will discuss such examples.
Suppose you had a textbox which could potentially contain very long and variable text (usually holidays), and you wished for the leading to jump around lines of the grid as shown below.
The solution is to place the holidays tokens in textboxes that fit in-between lines, and are linked together as seen below.
The result is equivalent to having leading vary every 2 lines, something that is almost impossible to achieve automatically.
This type of solution can also be used when you wish to have text wrap around other object (such as the hours of the day for example). One could always use runaround, but its effects are often un-predictable, and the use of linked boxes is simpler to implement.
You can use the Next Linked Box special charcater token to force the text to move to the next linked box, inside Q++ options or directly in QuarkXPress.