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

By James J. Maivald

Is this e-book for programmers?  Written in particular for photograph designers and creation artists already cozy operating with Adobe InDesign, this booklet teaches you the way to automate publishing with out 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 assignment.

Why should still I care approximately XML? If you’re handling data-intensive format tasks, and also you are looking to hold that information constant, actual, and up to date, then incorporating XML may also help. you may as well use XML to automate procedures like uploading textual content and big numbers of portraits right into a structure, or repurposing content material from one software to a different. Do i would like extra plug-ins or distinct software program? you wish purely the robust positive aspects outfitted into InDesign CS2, CS3 or CS4 to exploit this book.

How will I study XML?
This advisor contains 9 easy-to-follow initiatives with downloadable help records. With those hands-on tutorials, you'll examine XML in context. via the ultimate undertaking, XML will not be a secret, yet a strong device you should use to help your organization or clients.

those real-world tasks will train you:
l company playing cards: Create a dependent structure in InDesign after which import XML. layout textual content instantly and stream the textual content into a number of examples.
l Product catalog: the best way to import XML information right into a established structure utilizing nested types and cloned text.
l unsolicited mail and variable info printing: Use XML and InDesign to create refined junk mail items with out high priced plug-ins or third-party software.
l journal and newspaper: construct and export magazine-style courses for on-line distribution.
l net: rework XML into XHTML to include without delay into your websites, or use Cascading type Sheets to right away layout your exported XML.

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When an assigned tag is deleted, InDesign requires that you retag tagged elements with another tag from the panel. Select portrait as the replacement tag. Click OK. I n D e s i g n ’ s X M L F e at u r e s : T h e Tag s Pa n e l C lo s e - u p 39 Saving Tags After editing, renaming, and deleting tags, you may want to share your new list of tags with coworkers or use them in other workflows. 33). 33 Select Save Tags from the Tags panel menu. The tag names are saved into an XML file. The file includes only the names themselves; no XML data from the layout is included.

Click the triangle to close, or collapse, the element to hide its contents. Attribute Represents an XML attribute or other metadata. Attributes do not appear in the layout, nor do they print, but they may be accessed by an XML application. 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.

Images Option Description Copy to Images Subfolder: InDesign can export tagged images within the document for use in an XML workflow. The images will be exported along with the XML markup into an Images Subfolder. Original Images Exports tagged images in their original formats. Optimized Original Images Exports and converts tagged images within the layout to JPEG or GIF formats. Optimized Formatted Images Exports images to JPEG or GIF formats that have been transformed within InDesign. Among the transformations supported are cropping, rotation, and skewing.

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