Adobe InDesign and XML (Tutor-Led Online Training)


This course is suitable only for those with considerable prior experience of using InDesign and covers advanced styles; longer documents; typography; drawing; special effects; interactivity; and automating workflows.

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N.B. Discounts are available for booking more than one person on a course.


This course aims to show experienced InDesign features how to incorporate XML into their workflows. Delegates will be given an introduction into XML, DTDs and XSLT as well as importing and exporting XML into and out of InDesign.

Our scheduled training courses take place at Pinnacle House, 4-5 Newark Rd, Peterborough PE1 5WS.  The training centre can be reached by car or by a short taxi ride from Peterborough station. (Naturally, lunch and refreshments are also provided.)


About markup languages, What is XML, XML and SGML, How mark-up languages work, Representation of document structure, Multi-platform publishing, Modelling content with XML

XML basics

XML elements, The root element, Creating XML tags, Parent and child elements, Entities, PCData, and CData, Element attributes, White space, Adding comments, Well-formed XML documents


Overview of XML validation, XML parsers, Creating DTDs, Internal and external DTDs, Element declaration, Attribute declaration, Declaring internal entities, Declaring external entities, InDesign XML basics

Summary of XML features

Typical workflows , Using the Tags window, Creating and editing tags, Applying tags to text frames, Applying tags to image frames , Applying tags to inline frames , Importing tags, Show Tag Markers, XML and InDesign tables, XML and images

Importing XML

Importing XML files, Tagging preset options , Mapping tags to style, Manually formating XML, Embedding style names in XML files, Creating repeating elements, Using XSL stylesheets

Using DTDs

Industry-standard DTDs, Importing DTDs, Validating documents with DTDs

Exporting XML

Tagging items for XML export, Selecting elements for export, Setting export options

Private Instructor-Led Online Training

If you have several staff members that need to complete this training, we can arrange a private instructor-led online training course tailored to the requirements of your organisation. Each person is given remote access to a computer in our training centre and provided with lots of opportunities to practice all of the techniques being taught remotely. This means that your staff can attend a course either in the office or from home.

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