I've have a text, that might change, with many short paragraphs. They are flowing through five columns on every page. Most of them have a blank line between the paragraphs – but not all have – and that makes my problem.
- As most have blank lines, but not all – I am unable to remove blank lines and then use paragraph styles to add blank space before/after paragraph.
- Text is also "justify with last line aligned to left", so I cannot replace hard line break with soft line break were paragraphs don't have blank lines between (this would also involve some unwanted manual work, even though an advanced search and replace is possible).
This is repeating work, with a lot of text, so being able to have this automated in InDesign would be nice. The only way I have thought of is to use two paragraph styles – one for paragraphs with white space before (and then use space before in paragraph styles), and one for those without. But as this is delivered as plain text – with the risk of a updated text being delivered – a more "automatic" way would be preferred.
Does anyone know of a way to make InDesign automatically "hide" the blank lines if they are at the top of a column?