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Achtung! Our InDesign Special Characters Guide in German

One of the most popular downloads on the site is a 5-page PDF I put together a few years ago? and periodically update? called the InDesignSecrets Guide to Special Characters in InDesign. It shows every single Hidden Character and special Story Editor icon in the program in close-up view so you can use it as a field guide of sorts. You can see the original post about it here along with all the comments reminding me of some of the ones I neglected to include ("Split Footnote" hidden character? wow) which of course I duly added.

A couple weeks ago, an InDesign trainer based in Germany named Rudi Warttmann e-mailed me and said that his students and clients needed this translated into German, and would it be okay with me if he did so? How nice! I sent him the original InDesign files and he turned around a translated PDF in just a few days.

Thank you Rudi! By the way, if his name sounds familiar, it's because yes, it's the same Rudi Warttmann who used to be involved with MathType under his company name ITIP. He's moved on and these days has a thriving design, training, and software sales business called topset Computersatz in Germany.

Anne-Marie Concepcion
Anne-Marie "HerGeekness" Concepcion owns a busy cross-media design studio in Chicago and is one of the industry\'s best-known Adobe trainers and consultants. She also presents many video tutorials at In addition to her work here, Anne-Marie hosts our sister site,, for editors and designers working in an InDesign/InCopy worfklow, and writes the free monthly e-zine InCopyFlow. The tips and insights she shares in her free DesignGeek e-zine are enjoyed by thousands of designers, publishers, and prepress professionals around the world. Learn more about Anne-Marie at her company's web site, Seneca Design & Training.
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2 Comments on “Achtung! Our InDesign Special Characters Guide in German

  1. … which has been an invaluable help for me, especially because of the slight differences between the text and GREP meta characters.

    Great tip!


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