InDesign: creating a numbered list with custom glyphs

I’m doing a signage design in Indesign and want to use the CIRCLED DIGIT ONE, CIRCLED DIGIT TWO, etc number glyphs for a numbered list. I’m using Lato Medium.

Setting a custom glyph for a bulleted list is easy, but is it possible to create a style that uses other glyphs in the font set and enumerates them?


Note that I don’t want to use another font for the numbering, rather I want to use characters in the Lato Medium font that are part of the extended unicode set of characters.



I think custom glyphs is the only way. Use Left Indent and a negative First Line Left Indent to insert these glyphs by hand followed by a TAB.

A numbered list in ID only works with Unicodes 0031, 0032, 0033, etc which normally get assigned to the plain 1, 2, 3 characters, including in your Lato Medium font. While the NEGATIVE CIRCLE DIGITS glyphs found in Lato Medium have these Unicodes for 1, 2, 3: 2776, 2777, 2778. To InDesign these are meaningless symbols, not the digits you type via your keyboard keys 1, 2, 3.

On the other hand this font only has 20 NEGATIVE CIRCLE DIGITS, so anything above 20 could not have been displayed anyway via automatic numbering.

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