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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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In this exercise, I am going to essentially introduce you to the sample document which contains both a formatted table and a tabbed list. We are going to use the formatted table in order to construct some Cell and Table Styles and then we are going to apply the Table Style, which will contain the inset Cell Styles, to the tabbed list. You will see, it's going to work out marvelously. Anyway, here's the sample document. You should get to know each other. It's called 55-word review.indd, it's found inside of the 06 Table Styles folder.
Notice that it is indeed a 55-word review of this CD, this real live CD, that's called Radio 1 Established 1967. And I know that doesn't seem like the catchiest name for a CD, but it's actually a two CD set. Radio 1 is radio station in England and they were established in 1967. This CD set came out in 2007 and they were celebrating their 40th anniversary with 40 songs covered by different artists. One for each of the years from 1967 through 2007, so check it out. I am going to go over to the Layers palette. which I can get by going to the Window menu and choosing the Layers command or pressing F7 or just bring it up of course the way I did by clicking this little icon. And notice this top layer right there, Text & tables, I want you to click on it to make it active and then turn it On, so we can see it.
Click in its little eyeball column right there. Leave Highlights turned off for now; we'll come to that later in this chapter. Alright, go ahead and hide Layers and you can see here are the contents of the two discs. There is disc one, there is disc two, they each contain 20 songs a piece. 'Flowers in the Rain' by the way, that was the first song ever played on Radio 1. I don't know if you care, by The Move, that was the original artist, the cover artist is the Kaiser Chiefs. So you get the sense of how this works. Anyway, I've got a formatted table at the top, that's more less the way I want the table to be. We will be modifying the table little bit here and there. And then we've got this unformatted, just tabbed table down below.
Alright, so we are going to fix the top table, generate some Cell and Table Styles and then apply that to the table below, so that we are of course automating the process and if we had more tables, just tons and tons of CDs that we are trying to format, we could format them as well using the same techniques. I am going to create a Cell Style and I hope you will join me as we do that together in the next exercise.
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