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Adobe InDesign – Automated publishing using XML with InDesign Training Course

Adobe InDesign – Automated publishing using XML with InDesign Training Schedule

InDesign Training Course Synopsis

This class is designed specifically for graphic designers and production artists already comfortable working with Adobe InDesign that would like to learn 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. The hands-on projects covered in this class will teach you how to import and export XML.

Training Course Length and Time

This class is 2 days long. Class time is 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Breaks are scheduled throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled 12-1. Students provide their own lunch.

What You Will Learn in This Training Course

  • Basics of XML Structure
  • Options for Creating XML
  • InDesign’s Story Editor
  • InDesign’s XML Features
  • Anchored Objects
  • Mapping Tags to Styles
  • Targeted XML Import
  • Variable Data
  • Cross-Media Export
  • Automating XML Tagging
  • Pre-Built DTD Structures
  • Advanced CSS Styling

Who Should Attend this Training Course

Graphic professionals who need an essential understanding of automating production work with XML using Adobe InDesign.


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Locations for this Training Course

We have training centers in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Washington DC. We also offer classes at a network of rental facilities. We offer private onsite training and instructor-led, live online training. If coming to a rental facility, please double-check the location of your class with our office to make sure you get to the right location.

Prerequisites for this Training Course

Knowledge of your operating system and basic computer navigation is required for all classes.

Goals for this Training Course

Sterling Ledet and Associates realizes the importance of education and we take pride in being able to offer you classes that are more custom fit to your needs. Call us at (877) 819-2665 if you have any special questions or e-mail us at

Lesson 1 - Introduction to XML

  • Terms and Definitions
  • Elements, Attributes, and Entities
  • Well-Formed XML
  • XSD, XSL, and SXLT
  • Learning XML Rules
  • The ABCs of DTDs
  • Target XML Structure
  • DTD Grammar
  • Reading DTD
  • Finding More Information

Lesson 2 - InDesign’s XML Features

  • Layout View
  • Importing XML
  • Structure Pane Close-Up
  • The Tags Panel Close-Up
  • Tags vs. Structure
  • Using DTDs
  • InDesign’s Story Editor
  • InCopy

Lesson 3 - Options for Creating XML

  • TextEdit and Notepad
  • Creating XML in Word
  • Creating XML in Excel
  • Microsoft Access and XML
  • Altova XMLSpy

Lesson 4 - XML Structure Basics

  • One-Up Business Card Project
  • XML Foundation
  • Fun with the Structure Pane
  • Data Integrity
  • Layout Automation
  • Creating Structured Layouts
  • Basic Document Setup
  • Creating Your Own Tags
  • Importing Tag Names
  • Creating Structured Layout
  • Testing Your Structure
  • Press-Ready Documents

Lesson 5 - Anchored Objects

  • Cookbook Sample Project
  • Multisection XML
  • Starting the Cookbook
  • Send in the Clones
  • Formatting the Structure

Lesson 6 - Inline and Anchored Graphics

  • Atlas Sample Project
  • Absolutely Graphical
  • Building the Atlas Template
  • Anchoring Graphics
  • Creating Object Styles
  • Formatting the Structure
  • Creating Styles for Each Element
  • Mapping Tags to Styles
  • Troubleshooting with Structure

Lesson 7 - Targeted XML Import

  • Targeting Multisection Structures
  • Multipurpose XML Import
  • Updating XML Content
  • Deleting Empty Elements
  • Beginning the Catalog Structure
  • Editing Raw XML for Import
  • Creating the Pricelist Structure
  • Formatting the Structure
  • Combining Multiple XML Data Files
  • Importing Combined XML

Lesson 8 - Variable Data

  • Direct Mail Postcard Project
  • Nested XML Sub-Structures
  • Creating the Postcard Structure
  • Converting Objects from Inline to Anchored
  • Map Tags to Styles
  • Testing the Postcard

Lesson 9 - Comprehensive Export Formats

  • Cross-Media Export
  • Exporting Content to XML
  • Optimizing Layouts to XML
  • Automating XML Tagging
  • Using XML Templates
  • Exporting Content
  • Advanced HTML/XHTML Export

Lesson 10 -XML, HTML, & CSS

  • Formatting HTML
  • Styling HTML with CSS
  • Styling Raw XML with CSS
  • Advanced CSS Styling

Lesson 11 - AJAX and XSLT

  • Creating Web Pages with AJAX
  • Using XSLT on Import
  • Using XSLT on Export
  • Advanced XSLT

Lesson 12 - Interpreting DTD Rules

  • Creating DocBook Structures
  • Using Pre-Built DTD Structures
  • Making Existing Documents DTD
  • Compliant


Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.