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Like other page layout applications, InDesign allows users to control the appearance of every element on a page. It helps format elements with style sheets, which collect formatting attributes for easy replication. But that's where the similarities end. InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets demonstrates why InDesign's style sheets are far more powerful than anything found in any other page layout program. Pioneering electronic publisher and author Deke McClelland goes to the heart of InDesign's style sheets, and discusses how they define and guide just about every other program feature. He covers how to format words, paragraphs, whole frames, objects, tables, and even entire stories with a single click. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Style sheets have been around since the early days of word processing, but prior to just a few years ago, they were fairly dormant, limited to a little bit less actually than what we have seen so far. Then suddenly things began to change. Over the course of CS, CS2 and CS3, InDesign has dramatically expanded style sheets, more than doubling the capacity of what was already an amazing class of features. In this chapter, we will look at a couple of major enhancements to Paragraph Styles. The first of these beauties is Nested Styles, which allow you to embed Character Styles into a Paragraph Style definition, saving you the tedium of applying the former to a mere few letters or words at a time.
The second innovation is InDesign CS3's new automatic numbering and bulleting feature. With the help of a Paragraph Style, you can number steps or lists, inset bullets, format numbers or bullets with yet another nested Character Style, and ensure consistent, accurate numbering that automatically updates on the fly, across pages, independent frames, even across documents. What you are about to see is one of the most amazing turns of automation made available by any design application.
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