Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Why XML?, part of Creating an InDesign Booklet Using XML.
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- So why would we want to use XML with Adobe InDesign?…Well, let's take a look at some of the reasons…you might want to do this.…Because XML is extensible, as its name implies,…but also flexible, it can represent…any type of data that you wish.…Most companies already have a database…for the products that they use or sell.…This could be inventory.…It could be information about people or customers.…It could contain geographic or demographic…information about a product or user group.…The possibilities are endless.…
Most database programs have the capability…to output data as XML that can in turn…be interpreted in any number of ways.…XML is simple yet robust.…I know this sounds like a contradiction in terms,…but it's true.…XML is simple in that it uses basic tagging structure…to define content.…It's robust in that using this tagging structure,…we can identify element of complex data…and make use of that information…in a variety of different ways.…
InDesign is XML aware.…The whole point of this course is using XML with InDesign.…
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