The Database Publishing Handbook

A Designer's Guide to Adobe InDesign and XML

Is this book for programmers?

Written specifically for graphic designers and production artists already comfortable working with Adobe InDesign, this book teaches you how to automate publishing without learning a lot of scary code. XML simplifies the process of moving content in and out of your layouts and can speed up any print or Web assignment.

Why should I care about XML?

If you’re managing data-intensive layout projects, and you want to keep that data consistent, accurate, and up-to-date, then incorporating XML can help. You can also use XML to automate processes like importing text and large numbers of graphics into a layout, or repurposing content from one application to another. Do I need additional plug-ins or special software? You need only the powerful features built into InDesign CS2 or CS3 to use this book.

How will I learn XML?

This guide includes nine easy-to-follow projects with downloadable support files. With these hands-on tutorials, you will learn XML in context. By the final project, XML will no longer be a mystery, but a powerful tool you can use to support your company or clients.

These real-world projects will teach you:

About the Author

James J. Maivald, owner of Desktop Design, is a graphic designer and artist with 20 years of experience in publishing and production. He has written courseware on Adobe Photoshop and other graphic design programs, as well as dozens of articles for national magazines on electronic publishing and production. He leads seminars and training on InDesign and XML for individuals and Fortune 500 companies. An Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) in InDesign and Dreamweaver, Jim is also the coordinator for the InDesign User Group of Chicago.

Cathy Palmer is an award-winning graphic designer and owner of Digital Design Tools. She has worked in both the design and production sides of print publishing for over 20 years and provides seminars and training on InDesign and XML. Cathy is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in InDesign and InCopy, and coordinator for the InDesign User Group of Milwaukee.

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