Adobe InDesign/XML

Adobe InDesign Training

This workshop is designed to teach current intermediate to advanced InDesign users how to use XML within InDesign for print and Web applications. You will learn how to create basic XML files and produce a variety of projects in InDesign, including: business cards, catalogs and direct mail postcards using XML data. Additionally, you will learn how to export existing InDesign layouts to XML for reuse on the Web and in other print applications. Please contact us regarding pricing and availability.

  • XML description and history
  • Create XML using text editor
  • Export XML from database
  • Database strategies
  • InDesign XML Basics
  • XML tag basics
  • Create and edit tags
  • Apply tags to InDesign text and objects
  • Importing XML into InDesign
  • Set XML import options
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Learn how to flow XML into layouts
  • Advanced InDesign XML Features
  • Using tagged Text Frames
  • Using tagged Graphic Frames
  • Using tagged Anchored Frames
  • Using XML for variable data printing
  • Mapping Tags to Paragraph and Character Styles
  • Using Paragraph Spacing and Keep Settings
  • Master Page usage
  • Strategies for structured XML documents
  • Exporting XML
  • Mapping Paragraph and Character Styles to XML Tags
  • Exporting XML for Web applications
  • Exporting XML for Print applications
  • DTD and XSL
  • XML Export Basics
  • Mapping Styles to Tags
  • Creating XML- and HTML-aware layouts
  • Creating HTML from InDesign
  • XSLT overview
  • Applying XSLT on Import
  • Applying XSLT on Export
  • Creating XSLT in Dreamweaver
  • Loading DTDs in InDesign
  • Using DTDs to populate tag list
  • Using DTDs to validate imported XML files
  • Troubleshooting XML structures
  • Explore the application of XML in real world, professionally designed projects, including:
  • Business cards
  • Cookbooks
  • World Atlas/Encyclopedias
  • Direct Mail Postcards
  • Catalogs
  • Ad management systems

Length: 2 Days
$1095 with Free Retakes for 8 Months

*This class is scheduled on demand when we have 3 or more students interested in the course.  It is also available as an On-Site or a custom One-on-One training.


Taught by an Adobe Authorized Instructor. Official Adobe Certificate upon class completion.

You may take this Adobe Authorized Photoshop class live in Chicago or online. Class size limited to 10 students or less, free retakes for 8 months for classes on our published schedule.