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Set a dotted underline by character, not by field length


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(I wasn't exactly sure where to post this but since it has to do more with appearances than anything else, I hope I chose the correct forum; if not, my apologies.)


I have a calc field that's a record counter for portal records, e.g., "1 / 9". In my style sheet for the solution, field labels that have scripts tied to their respective field have a dotted underline so users can see that there's a something special about that field label.


The problem is, fields are static in length but the record counter can vary its width based on the number of records: 1 / 9 is markedly shorter than say, 138 / 385. What I'd like users to see is the dotted underline appear the length of the text/number string only, not the entire field width that's set to accommodate "### / ###" records.




Want:     1 / 9


Don't want: ___1 / 9


(There's no dotted line choice for posts here so I used the native solid underline character.)


As you can see, it looks a little funky to have the underline extend beyond the counter when there aren't enough characters to take up the whole width of the field. Is there a way of doing what I want? TIA for your help!

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One possibility is to put a merge field on the layout and format its Inspector > Appearance > Text > Style as 'word underline'.

You don't get the dotted but you get solid line per word.

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