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Using other languages

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Video: Using other languages

Habla Espanol? Sprechen sie deutsch? If you speak another language or more precisely if you have to use text from another language inside InDesign, you should tell InDesign about it. After all, InDesign has spelling and hyphenation dictionaries for about two dozen different languages. In the InDesign Essential Training title, I pointed out that you can assign language to text by selecting the text on the page, going to the Control panel and choosing the language from the language popup menu. For example, this is French so I will choose French from the popup menu, but in this case because I know that I have French in multiple places in this document, it's much better to create a character style to do this.

Using other languages

Habla Espanol? Sprechen sie deutsch? If you speak another language or more precisely if you have to use text from another language inside InDesign, you should tell InDesign about it. After all, InDesign has spelling and hyphenation dictionaries for about two dozen different languages. In the InDesign Essential Training title, I pointed out that you can assign language to text by selecting the text on the page, going to the Control panel and choosing the language from the language popup menu. For example, this is French so I will choose French from the popup menu, but in this case because I know that I have French in multiple places in this document, it's much better to create a character style to do this.

So I am going to open the Character Style panel and I will Option-click on the New Character Style button or Alt-click on Windows. That opens the New Character Style dialog box. I am going to call this one French language and I am going to set this to be Italic just because it looks little bit nicer when it's italic when it's a foreign language. Now I need to change the language. In the Advanced Character Formats pane. This is one is going to be set to French. Click OK, apply this the selected text and I can see that I have italic and French in the Control panel. Let's apply this to some other text. I will select this sentence down here and I will simply click on the character style and now changes it to italic, changes it to French and now we are ready to go.

Now one of the best reasons to apply languages to text is that they spell check correctly. For example I will go to the Edit menu, choose from the Spellings submenu, Check Spelling and here we can see that this word is not properly spelled in French. I didn't know that. I don't speak French. So I need to choose a different word in here. It's probably this one with an I instead of an E, let's try that. I will click Change, click Done, and we can see that it's spelled correctly right now. It lost my exclamation point though, so I better type that in myself.

Okay let me show you a couple of other language related tips here. For example, what if I have a URL in here, like http://www.lynda.com, there we go. Now that is going to spell check incorrectly every time because InDesign's dictionaries have no idea of what this is. So it would be nice if there are ways to turn off the spell checking for certain phrases like URLs or other technical terms that you don't want it to spell check and you can do that selecting the text, going to the Language menu, and choosing not one of these languages, but at the very top No Language.

When you specify No Language to some text it basically turns off spell checking for that text. By the way I also want to warn you about one other language in here and that is Ukrainian, down at the very bottom. Ukrainian actually acts just like No Language. I think there is bug in InDesign. For some reason it will not spell check anything correctly in Ukrainian. So I have actually heard from a client who couldn't figure out why nothing was showing up as incorrect in their spell check and it was because some how all of their text had been changed to the Ukrainian language and so spell checking just stopped working.

I figured out to let you know if your spell check is not working at all anymore; it's either set to No Language or Ukrainian. So there you go. One other fun little language related trick that you should know about has to do with dates. Now I have made a text variable and I will insert that by going to the Type menu, choosing from the Text Variables popup menu and I will say insert the Creation Date and we talked about making text variables in the Essential Training title. Suffice it to say I have made a Creation Dates variable and I have inserted here in the text. So looks great, it says the 26th of August. That was when this document was created apparently, but look at this.

This is really wacky. If I select that variable and come up to the Language menu, I can choose a different language, like Swedish perhaps, and it changes the date. InDesign is actually smart enough to know that the word for August in Swedish is augusti I guess. I don't speak Swedish. I didn't know that. If I changed it to Spanish, it changes it to a Spanish word. So there is a whole language translation feature in here that only works with dates. It doesn't work with other words. I mean what I would really like is a feature that would automatically translate all my text to another language. Doesn't do that yet, maybe in version CS10.

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 25m 16s
    1. Reviewing Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      6m 14s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      2m 52s
    4. Using Selection tool clicks
      1m 39s
    5. Using Quick Apply shortcuts
      3m 2s
    6. Setting up context shortcuts
      2m 55s
  3. 23m 51s
    1. Using column guides
      3m 42s
    2. Formatting and positioning guides
      5m 15s
    3. Setting first baseline options
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Document grid
      3m 13s
    5. Setting bleeds
      3m 3s
    6. Using slugs
      3m 8s
  4. 48m 2s
    1. Shuffling pages (or not)
      2m 47s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      2m 32s
    3. Aligning objects to a page
      4m 41s
    4. Using advanced libraries
      4m 5s
    5. Using advanced anchored objects
      11m 21s
    6. Setting non-printing objects
      3m 10s
    7. Creating notes
      5m 23s
    8. Using Data Merge
      10m 41s
    9. Creating templates
      3m 22s
  5. 39m 32s
    1. Creating polygons and starbursts
      2m 35s
    2. Setting custom stroke styles
      5m 15s
    3. Using advanced effects
      8m 46s
    4. Making masks in InDesign
      4m 10s
    5. Integrating InDesign and Illustrator
      4m 59s
    6. Setting compound paths
      5m 4s
    7. Using advanced clipping paths
      6m 6s
    8. Using advanced image transparency
      2m 37s
  6. 55m 26s
    1. Using advanced text formatting
      5m 37s
    2. Using other languages
      4m 22s
    3. Setting advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 12s
    4. Using GREP to find/change
      6m 54s
    5. Managing glyphs
      5m 6s
    6. Finding and changing glyphs
      2m 39s
    7. Adding footnotes
      7m 57s
    8. Creating outlines
      3m 39s
    9. Setting conditional text
      9m 16s
    10. Creating cross-references
      6m 44s
  7. 33m 3s
    1. Advanced text importing
      7m 49s
    2. Using Apply Next Style
      5m 4s
    3. Advanced text styling
      6m 9s
    4. Setting load styles
      2m 58s
    5. Linking to text files on disk
      4m 1s
    6. Understanding GREP styles
      7m 2s
  8. 1h 4m
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 42s
    2. Setting page numbering across books
      7m 53s
    3. Setting chapter numbering
      6m 7s
    4. Using the Section Marker feature
      6m 53s
    5. Creating "Continued On..." numbers
      4m 44s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 41s
    7. Creating a table of contents
      11m 24s
    8. Indexing documents
      7m 24s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 47s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 10s
  9. 46m 4s
    1. Creating hyperlinks
      12m 53s
    2. Setting bookmarks
      6m 7s
    3. Creating buttons
      11m 16s
    4. Making movies
      8m 24s
    5. Creating sounds
      4m 51s
    6. Setting page transitions
      2m 33s
  10. 25m 59s
    1. Setting up swatch and style defaults
      3m 24s
    2. Using mixed ink colors
      6m 16s
    3. Working with duotones
      4m 23s
    4. Overprinting
      2m 10s
    5. Ink aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Using the Kuler panel
      4m 56s
  11. 50m 27s
    1. Creating the transparency blend space
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding InDesign color settings
      9m 8s
    3. Assign Profile and Convert to Profile
      3m 26s
    4. Working with RGB images
      7m 54s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      6m 28s
    6. Soft-proofing
      5m 18s
    7. Managing color at print time
      7m 25s
    8. Managing color in a PDF export
      6m 42s
  12. 42m 1s
    1. Embedding preflight profiles
      5m 1s
    2. Using the Transparency Flattener preview
      3m 23s
    3. Reviewing Transparency Flattener settings
      6m 30s
    4. Setting print presets
      3m 35s
    5. Setting PDF presets
      3m 21s
    6. Exporting to XHTML
      7m 42s
    7. Exporting to SWF
      6m 45s
    8. Exporting to XFL
      5m 44s
  13. 25m 58s
    1. Understanding XML and InDesign
      6m 51s
    2. Structuring InDesign content
      4m 17s
    3. Importing XML
      6m 57s
    4. Exporting to XML
      7m 53s
  14. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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