A Designer's Guide to Adobe InDesign and XML: Harness the by James J. Maivald

By James J. Maivald

Is this publication for programmers?  Written in particular for picture designers and creation artists already cozy operating with Adobe InDesign, this ebook teaches you the way to automate publishing with no studying loads of frightening code. XML simplifies the method of relocating content material out and in of your layouts and will accelerate any print or internet project. Why should still I care approximately XML? If you’re handling data-intensive format tasks, and also you are looking to preserve that facts constant, actual, and updated, then incorporating XML may also help. you may also use XML to automate methods like uploading textual content and massive numbers of pics right into a format, or repurposing content material from one program to a different. Do i want extra plug-ins or targeted software program? you wish basically the robust beneficial properties equipped into InDesign CS2, CS3 or CS4 to exploit this publication. How will I examine XML? This advisor contains 9 easy-to-follow initiatives with downloadable help records. With those hands-on tutorials, you'll examine XML in context. through the ultimate undertaking, XML will now not be a secret, yet a strong software you should use to help your organization or consumers. those real-world initiatives will train you: l company playing cards: Create a dependent format in InDesign after which import XML. layout textual content instantly and movement the textual content into a number of examples. l Product catalog: methods to import XML info right into a based format utilizing nested types and cloned textual content. l unsolicited mail and variable facts printing: Use XML and InDesign to create refined junk mail items with out high priced plug-ins or third-party software program. l journal and newspaper: construct and export magazine-style courses for on-line distribution. l net: remodel XML into XHTML to include at once into your websites, or use Cascading variety Sheets to right away layout your exported XML.

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Mention the word “structure” in a crowded room and you can instantly tell who works with XML because their eyes light up. Structure is at the heart of the technology. XML is all about how the pieces are put together. The Structure pane and the Tags panel work hand in hand to reveal the how. The Structure pane gives you the big picture—the view from 20,000 feet. The Tags panel brings you up close and personal. Can we use any more clichés? Okay, two more: The Structure pane is the yin balancing the Tags panel’s yang.

Nuff said. InDesign can do that, too! 56. For a detailed description on how to do this properly see Chapters 9 and 10. 55 Select Map Styles to Tags from the Tags panel menu or from the Structure pane menu. Click Map by Name if your style names match your tag names exactly, or map them manually, one by one, to the desired XML elements. Click OK. NOTE Not all styles or tags can be mapped automatically. For example, you won’t always have style and tag names that match. Some elements will have to be tagged manually.

Comment Represents a comment. Comments are non-printing notes stored within the XML. Comments are imported with the XML content and can be added and edited within InDesign. All comments visible within the Structure pane are included whenever XML is exported from InDesign. DOCTYPE element Indicates that a DTD has been loaded. Empty element Represents a graphic or unassigned frame that is empty. Graphic element Represents a tagged frame that contains a graphic. Graphic elements automatically include an href attribute that defines the path or URL to the graphic file.

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