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QuarkXPress has always been the perfect tool for creating and publishing documents. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson—the publisher of Design Tools Monthly and a QuarkXPress expert—covers all the tools and features in this updated version of the program, from basic page layout to Flash integration and web page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what's needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
When making a web page, it's very common to want to add form elements and fortunately that's a straightforward operation in QuarkXPress. When you are working in a web space, Quark adds this little Tool palette that includes tools for creating web items. If you click-and-hold on the second one, you will see that there is a Forms tool along with the tools for creating several different other kinds of items. What I want to do right now is create a series of radio buttons that tell the person who is receiving this HTML file as an e-mail that they can choose to receive more information or they can remove themselves from the list.
So, I'll choose the Radio Button tool and then it's just a matter of clicking on the page to create it. Now that I have my radio button, I need to tell it what to do. So, I can either choose Item > Modify or I can Ctrl-click or right-click on the item and choose Modify and the standard QuarkXPress Modify dialog appears where I can change the attributes of that item just like any other item in QuarkXPress. First, it wants a name for the Group because every radio button is going to be connected to other radio buttons in a group. I'll leave the name as it is, reconfirm that I want a radio button and not a check box, give it a value, "Please send me more information," and click OK.
I can then extend the width of that box and type in what I wanted to say next to it. I'll get the Text tool by just typing a T. Click. I'm going to type a space and type in "Please send more information." I'll format it the way I like it, which is to make it a little bit smaller. Now, I want to duplicate this button and give it a different value. I'll get my Item tool and holding down the Option or Alt key. Click-and-drag. Now I have another button I can work with. Once again, I'll go to Item > Modify.
Keep that same Group name, 1, give it a new value, Remove me, click OK. Change the text next to it so that the people looking at it know what the Radio button means "Please remove me from your list." Now, you'll notice that this button up here is already highlighted. By doing that, this one will be the default radio button when it appears on the HTML page. If I wanted it to be this one, I could just click this one instead. But let's leave it like it is and then preview it in the web browser right here.
As you can see, the radio buttons work and if they are part of a form, they would send that information to wherever the form is sending the information. I'll close this Firefox window, come back to QuarkXPress. That's how easy it is to add Form elements to a web page in QuarkXPress. Now if you export this file, and give the result to your web developer, they'll know exactly what you want in your form and can even copy and paste the text from it into their preferred tools. But of course, you can always use this layout just like it is in your website designs.
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