From Adobe InDesign
CS2 to InDesign
CS5, the ability to work with XML
content has been built into every version of InDesign. Some of the useful applications are importing database
content into InDesign
to create catalog pages, exporting XML
that will be useful for subsequent publishing processes, and building chunks of content that can be reused in multiple publications.
In this Short Cut, we'll play with the contents of a college course catalog and see how we can use XML
for course descriptions, tables, and other content. Underlying principles of XML
structure, DTDs, and the InDesign
namespace will help you develop your own XML
processes. We'll touch briefly on using InDesign
to "skin" XML
content, exporting as XHTML, InCopy, and the IDML package. The Advanced Topics section gives tips on using XSLT to manipulate XML
in conjunction with InDesign.