Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Documents that work best with XML, part of Creating an InDesign Booklet Using XML.
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- So, can we incorporate XML into any InDesign…document that we want?…Well, technically yes, we could,…but the whole point of XML is to automate tasks…and reduce the amount of time…it takes to produce a document.…But if it takes you 30 minutes to set up the XML component,…and would take you 20 minutes to actually do it manually,…it really doesn't make sense, does it?…So let's look at the types of documents…that might lend themselves to a typical XML workflow.…As general rule, XML lends itself to documents…that have repetitive information.…
Now I don't mean the same content over and over again,…I mean content that is different…but with the same appearance.…Business cards, postcards, and name tags, for example,…fall into this category.…Now documents that are information heavy…and change on a regular basis are great use cases…for an XML workflow.…Price lists, catalogs, sell sheets,…all fall into this category.…Long documents with flowing text from page to page…are often great candidates for an XML workflow.…
After all, what we're trying to do here…
In these tutorials, Chad Chelius explains what XML is and then walks through the entire process in InDesign, from setting up the document and tagging the content, to cleaning the data and fine-tuning the layout. He also offers tips for saving your work in an InDesign template, to regenerate directories when new entries are added, update catalogs seasonally, etc. By the end of the course, you should be able to use this workflow to speed up data-heavy design jobs, big and small.
- What is XML?
- Transforming XML
- Displaying tag markers
- Setting up an InDesign document for XML import
- Creating styles
- Tagging content
- Mapping tags to styles
- Importing XML data in InDesign
- Applying master pages
- Creating a table of contents