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Chapter 11 Extracting Tables

Atomik Xport can extract tables from InDesign pages into XML tabular data format.

There are two distinct ways in which tables can be presented in desktop publishing applications: tables created using tabs and carriage returns (see Tutorial 4 for an example of this); and tables created using the InDesign table tool. Atomik Xport can read both types of tables and convert them to XML.

To identify the table cells in a table constructed using tabs, Atomik Xport examines the geometric positioning of text and how it is aligned with text in other rows.

Tabular Data in InDesign

There are three different XML formats available for your table data: Atomik Xport format; the OASIS CALS format (as used in many standard DTDs such as DocBook); and the XHTML format.