fountain page count

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Ben

19 Jan, 2019 05:59 PM

Hi,

I love the idea of editing .fountain in a plain text editor and using Marked 2 to preview. However when previewing .fountain documents, invisible elements seem to still take up space and affect the overall page count.

Specifically, sections (which start with a "#" or "##") and synopses (which start with a "=") don't appear but affect how much content appears on a page.

For example, a document that contains the following...

Act 1

Introduction

= This is the introduction to the story INT. OFFICE - NIGHT
etc. etc.

...will output different than a document that just has...

INT. OFFICE - NIGHT
etc. etc.

The latter appears correct whereas the former will create shorter pages and increase the overall page count.

I hope that makes sense. In other fountain programs such as Highland 2 and Slugline the invisibles don't really affect output or page count.

Thanks in advance,
Ben

  1. 1 Posted by Ben on 19 Jan, 2019 06:01 PM

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    Sorry, in my previous post I had Markdown enabled. I meant to post the following for the examples:

    -----

    # Act 1
    ## Introduction
    = This is the introduction to the story
    INT. OFFICE - NIGHT
    etc. etc.

    ...will output different than a document that just has...

    INT. OFFICE - NIGHT
    etc. etc.

    -----

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Brett on 21 Jan, 2019 04:00 PM

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    I believe the issue is the lack of whitespace. By adding newines to your example, I get the same result either way:

    # Act 1
    
    ## Introduction
    
    = This is the introduction to the story
    
    INT. OFFICE - NIGHT
    
    etc. etc.
    

    Let me know if that helps. With the spaces it should work the same in both Highland and Marked.

  3. 3 Posted by Ben on 21 Jan, 2019 06:28 PM

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    Thanks for the reply Brett. Sorry, my example above didn't include whitespace, but in practice I do include the normal whitespace.

    I've attached two examples. One without invisibles and one with. In the former the total page count is 2. In the latter it's 3 pages and each page is shorter in length. I hope that helps.

    Thanks,
    Ben

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Brett on 21 Jan, 2019 06:35 PM

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    Ok, so I can verify this issue, but I can't easily fix it. Marked's
    Fountain processing uses the original open sourced version of the
    Fountain processor, which unfortunately has never been updated as the
    spec has changed. So something in it is not properly handling the
    invisibles, but to fix it I'm going to have to dissect the entire
    processor.

    I'll put it on the list, but I can't make it a top priority fix right
    now...

    -Brett

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Brett on 26 Feb, 2019 05:42 PM

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    This is fixed for the next update!

  6. Brett closed this discussion on 26 Feb, 2019 05:42 PM.

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