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Displaying 23/30 and 24/31 Combined Dates in Minicalendars (Native Formatting)

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In this topic we will show you how to to display the 23/30 and 24/31 doubled days in MiniCalendars using native formatting which is common to both QuarkXPress and InDesign.


Text Formatting


When you select Native Formatting in the list of 5-week options, a dialog comes-up to let you specify the formatting of the date above, the separator, and the date below, using all the formatting options available in the text formatting editor.





Additionally, you can specify the tracking to use within the date above and the date below, as well as the tracking to use between these numbers and the separator.


same combined dates; plain (left), tracking (middle) and skewing of the separator (right)

same combined dates; plain (left), tracking (middle) and skewing of the separator (right)

As shown in the middle and right-most images on the right, the use of tracking can make the resulting combined dates look much better.


Skewing the Separator


Often the angle of the separator looks wrong when used as is in 23/30 and 24/31 doubled days, as can be seen in the left and middle example on the right.


When using InDesign, you can specify that the separator, usually a / front slash, be skewed by a specific angle.

If you are using QuarkXPress, then you can get an approximation to the skewing effect by setting the format of the / separator in italics. If you use a Skew value different from 0 in a QuarkXPress script, the error message 185140 will be generated by QuarkXPress.


The example on the right, shows the effect of a 15 degree skew applied to the / separator in InDesign.


Topic 185115, last updated on 17-Jan-2021