Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Where does XML come from?, part of Creating an InDesign Booklet Using XML.
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- Here's the question of the day.…Where does XML come from?…It's a good question, and one that there isn't…a black and white answer to.…The desire to use XML in InDesign…typically stems from a particular need.…Let's say you're creating a catalog,…and currently for each issue that is produced,…it needs to be laid out manually in InDesign.…Someone says, "Well, we have all of the information…"in our database system,…"how can we get it to the designer for layout in InDesign?"…A database is a common repository…for information at many organizations,…and most of those database applications…have the ability to export that data as XML.…
If you're lucky enough to have a database administrator,…he or she may even be able to customize that XML output…to meet the needs of the product…you're creating in InDesign.…Another option is an external database.…In many cases, the data you need to use…is coming from an outside organization.…Again, a database may be where the data is stored,…but it's less likely that you'll have someone…
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