Discover the power of XML publishing with InDesign, and create content for multiple applications—including digital-first publishing workflows. With this book, XML evangelist Dorothy Hoskins teaches you several techniques for working with the built-in XML capabilities of InDesign CS6, using real examples from a college course-catalog project.
Learn how to import database content into InDesign, and tag existing InDesign content as XML for export to other applications. InDesign also lets you apply attractive styling to XML content that can’t be done with XSL-FO. Through step-by-step instructions, code examples, and lots of screen shots, you’ll discover how using XML with InDesign increases the value of your content.
Get an overview of structured (XML) content
Learn InDesign’s XML import options, including XML image information
Mingle XML and non-XML content in a text flow
Use InDesign as an XML "skin" by making templates with new style definitions
Put content in "XML order" for export to EPUB, with InDesign CS5.5 and CS6
Dive into advanced topics, such as how to transform XML with XSL
Understand InDesign’s potential and limitations with complex content models such as DocBook and DITA
Chapter 1 A Brief Foray into Structured Content (a.k.a. XML)
Chapter 2 InDesign XML Publishing: College Catalog Case Study
Data-Like Content Example: The Course Description XML
Topical Content: The Handbook XML
Chapter 3 Importing XML
Doing It Adobe’s Way: The Placeholder Approach
Mingling Non-XML and XML Content in a Text Flow
Doing It Your Way: Using the Options for Your Own Process
Understanding InDesign’s XML Import Options
Chapter 4 Tagging XML in InDesign
The Case for Tagging Content: Why You Need XML
Tagging for Import
Tagging for Iterative XML Development
Chapter 5 Looking Forward: InDesign as an XML “Skin”
Chapter 6 Exporting XML
Marking Up (Tagging) Existing Content for XML Export
The Special Case of InDesign Tables (Namespaced XML)
Tagging Images as XML in InDesign
Chapter 7 Exporting ePub Content (InDesign CS5.5 and CS6)
Export in XML Order Compared with Page Layout and Article Pane Order
Alternate Layouts and XML Are Not Compatible Features
Chapter 8 Validating XML in InDesign
How to Validate XML in InDesign
Authoring with a DTD
Fast and Light Credo: Develop Now, Validate Later
Chapter 9 What InDesign Cannot Do (or Do Well) with XML
The 1:1 Import Conundrum
Inscrutable Errors, Messages, and Crashes
InDesign Is Not an XML Authoring Tool
Chapter 10 Advanced Topics: Transforming XML with XSL
XSLT for Wrangling XML versus XML Scripting for Automating XML Publishing
XSL: Extracting Elements from a Source XML File for a New Use
XSL: Getting the Elements to Sort Themselves
XSL: Getting Rid of Elements You Don’t Want
Creating Wrappers for Repeating Chunks
Making a Table from Element Structures
Upcasting Versus Downcasting
Upcasting from HTML to XML for InDesign Import
Downcasting to HTML
Generate a Link with XSLT (Not Automated)
Adding Useful Attributes to XML
A Word about Using Find/Change for XML Markup in InDesign
Chapter 11 Content Model Depth Issues and Their Impact on Round-Tripping XML
The Challenge of Mapping Deep DTDs to Shallow InDesign Structures
The Challenge of Mapping Shallow Structures to Deep DTD Structures
Use of Semantic ids and Style Names (Expert-Level Development)
Dorothy Hoskins is an XML evangelist, always learning new things to help her play with XML (like podcasting and AJAXian web development), but her true love is the development of processes that tie together various applications for publishing XML to both print and web.
From her initial career as a graphic artist and designer/illustrator, she has been lead far afield by her interests in holography, interactive multimedia and all things XML. Besides creating server-side XSLT for a global corporation's website, she has created publishing workflows for importing database-derived XML into Adobe's FrameMaker and InDesign CS2 products. She has presented numerous times on XML and XSL for the Society for Technical Communication and SUNY/Higher Ed groups.
She resides with her family in western New York, where she finds the weather a refreshing change from her native Florida.
I was very disappointed with the book and the sample code. I am afraid that i feel that I wasted my money on what I thought was going to be an introduction to XML and InDesign. The subject was made a great deal harder by not supplying the code used in the book.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
While the text itself seems good, I was very disappointed to discover that the example code was a set of generic files - not the examples shown in the book, or even ones that seemed to be similar. After reading the first few chapters I think I understand the process, but it would have been much more helpful to be able to open and work through the actual examples given.
I've come to expect much better from O'Reilly books. I'm torn if I would reccomend this title.