Yesterday, I posted about a host of features in InDesign CS5.5 that streamline your EPUB workflows. Today let me try and add some details.
All the buzz about Articles in InDesign CS5.5 probably makes you believe that this feature will only come in handy if you are creating EPUBS. Articles can be used for more than that!
Articles provide designers and production artists an easy way to create relationships among page items. These relationships can be used to define:
- Content to be included for export to EPUB, HTML, or Accessible PDFs
- Define the order of the content
You can create articles from a combination of existing page items within a layout, including images, graphics, or text. Once an article has been created, page items can be added, removed, or re-ordered. While you can create articles manually by dragging one or more page items to an article in the article panel, you also have mechanisms for adding bulk content to an article including adding all selected content to an article, or adding an entire document to an article.
The XML structure panel within InDesign provides another mechanism to decide the order of the content to be exported to the EPUB, HTML and Accessible PDF exports workflows. The article panel is designed to be simpler, easier to use, and more accessible option, for users not inclined to use XML. However, the ability to use the XML structure panel has NOT been removed, but is now an option alongside the use of the Article Panel during the export process.