The MiniCal has only 5 Weeks option is used to tell Q++Studio what to do if the month of the MiniCalendar extends over more than 5 weeks, but the minicalendar token only contains 5 rows or columns. The potential issue is how to fit the dates 30 and/or 31 that would occur on the 6th row, if there are only 5 rows of dates in a minicalendar.
There are 2 solutions : one is to Use Fractions, in which case the last week may have double dates, such as 23/30 and 24/3, the other solution, Wrap to Top, places the extra days on the top row. Both solutions are demonstrated below :
The Q++Studio Holidays font contains the combo number 23/30 and 24/31 in 3 different styles : Arial, Times and Courier corresponding the the general typography of : "serifed", "sans-serif" and "fixed-space". Use this option to choose between these 3 typographies.
It may seem like these 3 choices would not be enough, and that, for example, using the "Times" combo date in a MiniCalendar set in "Garamond" would look mismatched. Remember however that the font size used for most MiniCalendars dates is around 4 points. Therefore the equivalent font size that would be used by each date in a combo date would be 2 or 3 points. Who can tell the difference between 2 similar fonts of that size ?
Note that since May 2004, the top number (ie. 23 or 24) is independent from the bottom number (ie. 30 or 31). This makes it possible to display different attributes (for example color on holidays) for the top and bottom numbers. To be able to use this feature, you must have installed the QPP2 font which was placed in the Q++ServerXE3\Setup\Fonts\ folder.
In the event that you really need to display specific text formatted specifically, you can specify Xtags to use for each of the 23/30 and 24/31 cases, and click on the 23/30 and 24/31 buttons that appear on the right to enter the xtags text to use for each of these 2 combined dates.
The Tips and Tricks chapter contains a detailed example of the use of Xtags to display customized 23/30 and 24/31 combined dates. For more general information on Xtags, see the corresponding topic in the QuarkXPress glossary.
Wrap to Top
Using this option, if the 30th and/or 31st of the month fall on a 6th week, they are brought back to the first row of the minicalendar. Note that the to Top in this option name may be misleading, since it will also work for vertical and right-to-left minicalendars :
To distinguish these occurrences of 30 and/or 31 from other dates on the first row of the minicalendar, you can choose to apply different font attributes to these dates using the ButtonEdit to the right of this option. The examples show the effect of displaying these dates in a lighter shade, or underlining them.
For another way of displaying months that contain 6 partial weeks, see also the :Top12 Minicalendar Modifier.