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Make content more accessible to all types of media

Added on Friday 15th of May 2009 11:25 pm EST
 
If you’re practically reinventing the wheel every time you need to use InDesign content for other types of media, then it’s time you start using XML. InDesign enables you to export tagged content to XML so you can repurpose it in any way, shape, or form.
To get started using XML with InDesign, we’ll:
• Create XML tags to define the structure of the content in your document. • Apply XML tags to the content you want to export.
• Use the Structure pane to ensure elements are in correct order.
• Export tagged elements to create an XML file.

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a text-based format, similar to HyperText Markup Language (HTML), but with one very noticeable difference—XML doesn’t retain formatting attributes. Because of this, you can import an XML file into just about any application and conform its contents to your needs. This makes it much easier to reuse content for multimedia. We’ll narrow the scope a bit for you in this article by focusing on how to tag a single story in an InDesign document and export it to XML. You’ll use the fictional weekly newspaper shown in Figure A (really a modified Adobe InDesign template) for this lesson.

Note: To follow along with this tutorial, download the newspaper.indt file and linked image files (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes) from the URL listed at the beginning of this article.

Create tags

Before you can export content in InDesign to XML, you must first create tags that define its structure. You can create XML tags in an InDesign document, as you’ll do in this lesson, or you can import tags from an...