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

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

By James J. Maivald

Is this booklet for programmers?  Written in particular for picture designers and construction artists already cozy operating with Adobe InDesign, this e-book teaches you ways 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 net project. Why may still I care approximately XML? If you’re dealing with data-intensive structure tasks, and also you are looking to continue that information constant, actual, and up to date, then incorporating XML will help. you may as well use XML to automate methods like uploading textual content and massive numbers of portraits right into a format, or repurposing content material from one program to a different. Do i would like extra plug-ins or exact software program? you would like in simple terms the strong good points equipped into InDesign CS2, CS3 or CS4 to exploit this booklet. How will I study XML? This consultant comprises 9 easy-to-follow initiatives with downloadable help records. With those hands-on tutorials, you are going to examine XML in context. through the ultimate undertaking, XML will now not be a secret, yet a robust software you should use to aid your organization or consumers. those real-world tasks will educate you: l enterprise playing cards: Create a dependent format in InDesign after which import XML. layout textual content instantly and circulation the textual content into a number of examples. l Product catalog: find out how to import XML info right into a established format utilizing nested kinds and cloned textual content. l junk mail and variable info printing: Use XML and InDesign to create subtle junk mail items with no high priced plug-ins or third-party software program. l journal and newspaper: construct and export magazine-style guides for on-line distribution. l internet: rework XML into XHTML to include without delay into your websites, or use Cascading variety Sheets to immediately structure your exported XML.

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2 You can import XML from the File menu or from the Structure pane menu. 3 Select the target XML file. Select Show XML Import Options checkbox. Choose Merge Content or Append Content. 4) is responsible for most of the XML magic. 1). We demonstrate what they do in detail in upcoming chapters. For the purposes of this lesson, leave all checkboxes unchecked and click OK. 4 The XML Import Options dialog usually starts the ball rolling. In this dialog you specify how you want to import the XML content.

23 You may notice the text Clos Lucé, France has no brackets. This text is technically untagged—there is no element for Place of death. Because the text has no tags of its own, it automatically assumes the tag of the parent element or the frame in which it resides. 25 show you how to create a tag. 24 To create a tag, select New Tag from the Tags panel menu or click the New Tag button at the bottom of the panel. 25 Type Portrait in the New Tag dialog. The tag name typed here must match the element name from the XML file exactly, as we explain in Chapter 1.

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. They are the one-two punch of InDesign’s XML interface. Let’s take a closer look at each one. Structure Pane Close-up Although it’s pretty well hidden, we’ve heard many humorous tales from perplexed designers who revealed the Structure pane accidentally and thought that they had broken the program.

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