So, you’ve typeset an entire Bible and you forgot to put the chapter number in the headers. Or maybe you put the book and chapter in the headers but the translation team wants the book, chapter, and verse number in the headers. Or maybe the headers need to include another language or something else. You could try the method described below without the re-typesetting the whole Bible from scratch.
IMPORTANT! These instructions are talking about the running headers at the top of the page (or the footers at the bottom of the page). These instructions are not talking about section headings (\s) or chapter headings (\cl).
First of all — backup your PA job
The solution process involves editing the document metadata. If it goes wrong you could totally trash a document or two. If you have a tried and true backup method, use it. You could consider doing a PA debug backup, making sure that you include all documents. You could consider downloading and installing PA 6.1 because it gives you the ability to create an identical copy of your job with a new name. You might want to consider making backups with multiple methods, for an extra measure of confidence.
Do one document with the desired headers
The purpose of this particular step is to figure out what the desired document metadata should actually look like. You want to make sure that you get it right the first time.
Choose a book of the Bible which has a few pages but not too many. I would recommend James or 1 John because they have 5 chapters, but I suppose 2 Thessalonians could be sufficient. Make a copy of current version of the book somewhere safe — you will want it later. Typeset that book again. You don’t need to worry about balancing all the columns or getting all the figures absolutely correct. You want to focus on making sure that it has the desired headers. (Or, you could use PA 6.1 to make a copy of your job and then you could typeset that book again in the copied job, knowing that your original job is safe.)
Show this completed document to the people who make the final decisions about headers. Give them enough time to give you clear affirmation that this is exactly what they want. If they want even the slightest change, typeset this book again until they agree that it is exactly what they want.
Compare the metadata
Start with the document which you just created which has the desired headings. Open it in InDesign. Open PA and view the metadata by going: Menu > Shift+Help > Advanced > Edit Document Metadata. Select the mtHeaderInsideLP property. Select for editing the document you created with the desired headers. Copy what it says in the Current Value column. This is my example:
Do the same for all the header and footer values. This table shows the values in my example:
You must copy these down exactly. In my example there are no spaces in these values, but if there are, you must make sure that you get them correct. Be careful to notice the difference between 0 (zero) and O (capital o); between I (capital i) and l (lower case L) and 1 (one). It might be better to copy and paste the values onto separate lines in Notepad instead of trying to type them correctly.
Collect the same information from one of your old documents that has the less desired headers. This is my example:
And here is the table of all the values:
Comparing these two tables, the differences are in mtHeaderInsideLP and mtHeaderInsideRP.
If, in the previous step, you copied James with the original headers somewhere safe so that you could typeset it again, now you will want to take the latest version of James with the corrected headers and copy it somewhere safe so that you can restore the original copy of James.
Update the metadata
I recommend starting with one book of the Bible. Choose one document, maybe a relatively short document, say Ruth or Philippians. Open Ruth in InDesign. Open PA. Go Menu > shift-Help > Advanced > Edit Document Metadata. Select mtHeaderInsideLP as the property (or whatever property you need to change). Select Ruth as the document for editing. Change the New Value to “<bc.f.2>”. Click on Save. That value will now be copied to the Current Value column:
In my example I need to do the same for the mtHeaderInsideRP property, except that it needs to be set to “<bc.l.2>”.
Close PA. Open PA again. Now you can update the headers in this document. If this was successful, then you will want to do the entire Bible:
In PA go Menu > Shift+Help > Advanced > Edit Document Metadata. Select mtHeaderInsideLP as the property (or whatever property you need to change). Select all the documents of the Bible, except, possibly, the document you just updated. It will take some time for them all to open. Change the New Value on all of these documents to “<bc.f.2>”. Click on Save. It will take some time for them all to save. This value should now be copied to the Current Value column of all documents: (My example only contains 5 documents, but yours may contain many more.)
Do the same for any other metadata fields that need changing. Every step will take some time because you are working on so many documents.
Close PA. Open PA again. Update the headers on your entire job.