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The Amazing Virtual Reference

Hi to all,

Often, when we’re translating a book (OK, I say “we” but I actually mean “I”) I encounter the nasty habit of some writers to refer on page 54 to something mentioned at page 204 in the book. It’s all fine and dandy if you’re reading the book, because you’ll have no problem simply opening the book at page 204. It’s a different story altogether if you’re the translator because, well, you’re toiling at page 54 and page 204 exists only in the mist of the future. 

What to do? Here’s what you should do:

  1. Choose Insert > Cross Reference > Insert Reference…
  2. With the Edit Reference dialogue box, select Virtual Target at the Reference type, and enter the Virtual Target ID (it doesn’t matter what you enter here, but it should be something you’d be able to recognise later on). At this point, this is just a dangling rope…
  3. When you reach page 204 and the location you’ve referred to, choose Choose Insert > Cross Reference > Insert Bookmark… and in the Bookmark pop-over choose the reference from the Assign Virtual Target pop-up. Now the rope is secured to the right place. 

Note that you do not need to remember to add the bookmark when you reach page 204. You can also forget all about the reference and use the Reference palette to browse virtual references and then “tie” them to the correct location.  

A more complex case may be if you need to refer to a target that is a heading (e.g., see chapter 6: We, the People, pages 204-211) or an image. On the other hand, this is also very simple, because you can tie an Auto-title heading or an image to a virtual target too. So, complex but simple. 

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