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Many books before 1800 used a feature called catchwords, repeating the first word of the page at the bottom of the previous page. Wikipedia has a small article on them and there's a good question about them on

How can I add these to my document using InDesign?

I'm using InDesign CS6. Somehow I imagine there isn't a way to do this (short of some horrible script to run) but I'm not sure.

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I highly doubt there will be any automated method for catchwords. You'll have to manually set them. It's an antiquated practice that serves little purpose anymore. – Scott Nov 20 '12 at 19:50
If there is a way, then it will be through scripting. Google points to the free Catchword Generator for InDesign CS5, written in AppleScript by Jakko Westerbeke: Someone well versed in scripting for InDesign using JavaScript might port that script for InDesign in Windows. – TehMacDawg Nov 20 '12 at 20:03
Hey, there's no reason to down-vote because you don't like the idea. It's still an interesting question. – plainclothes Nov 20 '12 at 21:43
@TehMacDawg: if it is javascript and runs from within InDesign, it should work on Windows as-is. (?) – horatio Nov 20 '12 at 22:27
NM missed the applescript bit – horatio Nov 20 '12 at 22:36
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As others have pointed out, this is a perfect opportunity for a scripted solution. The upside of scripting it (vs doing it by hand) is that you could tag the dupes with a label so the process could be updated on reflow. It really shouldn't be that difficult to do in javascript. Check out the InDesign Scripting forum for more complete guidance.

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On the other hand, Scott's right: That's a really terrible idea to revive! We could also bring back obscenely verbose writers who get paid by the en, but why would we? – plainclothes Nov 20 '12 at 21:42
or hot type... yeah... that would be great! :) – Scott Nov 20 '12 at 21:46
@plainclothes, I'm writing the manual for a 1700s-based board game, and all the little details together have helped evoke the period. – Joe Nov 21 '12 at 4:40
Sounds like a fun project! – plainclothes Nov 21 '12 at 17:01

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