Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Layout automation overview, part of InDesign CS3 Long Documents.
In this chapter we are going to talk about XML as well as some other ways to automate your layouts.…XML stands for Extensible Markup Language and the purpose of XML is so that we can tag our data…and then have those tags describe the structure of the data.…In the same way as HTML marks data with tags, so too does XML.…The difference being that you the user get to define what those tags are.…
XML is sometimes referred to as the un-format, i.e. it's all about structure over layout.…The XML result is literally just a text file with the different elements…of your document tagged with whatever tags you have created.…The layout is actually created when you map those XML tags to your InDesign styles.…XML promises to be a really big thing in the future, however, it is a bit complicated.…I recommend that you check out the great book by James Maivald…with Cathy Palmer called 'A Designer's Guide to Adobe InDesign and XML.'…Firstly, let's take a look at an InDesign document, then we will compare it to the same document exported…
- Setting up templates and master pages
- Working with Bridge
- Creating books
- Planning and managing styles
- Troubleshooting with the Story Editor
- Managing footnotes and endnotes
- Searching with GREP
- Generating a table of contents
- Automating layouts
- Repurposing material as PDF and XHTML documents
Skill Level Intermediate
1 . Getting Started
2. Planning Your Project
3. Setting Up and Applying Master Pages
4. Working with Booked Documents
5. Getting the Most from Global Formatting
6. The Story Editor and Editing Tools
7. Footnotes and Endnotes
9. Understanding GREP Searches
10. Generating a Table of Contents
Styling a table of contents7m 57s
11. Automating Layouts
12. Repurposing Material
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