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In this tutorial you will learn about editing XML which is used with QuarkXPress documents.
This will include sending edits made to your XML within the QuarkXPress page back to the XML file. Such edits could include editing to fit the printed page or copy edits made by sub-editors who use QuarkXPress rather than an XML editor.
Also, this would include importing edits made to the XML in other applications and systems after the XML had originally been imported, allowing data which will be constantly updated during the production of the QuarkXPress document to be updated into the QuarkXPress page, without needing to re-import and re-format all of the data every time it changes.
The key stages in this tutorial are:
The objective of this tutorial is to show how Atomik Roundtrip can be used as an active participant in an XML workflow.
You will be presented with the QuarkXPress open dialog. Select the document ‘RT_Tutorial2.qxp’ document from the ‘Tutorials’ folder.
If the ‘Roundtrip XML’ palette is not showing, select ‘Show Roundtrip XML’ from the ‘view’ menu in QuarkXPress.
This is particularly important, as the behaviour of most of the controls in the XML palette, as well as the contents of the ‘XML’ and ‘DTD’ tabs of the palette, will change according to what is selected in the ‘Focus’ tab.
You will find the text which you just amended between the <GameTitle> and </GameTitle> tags in the text.
This functionality is very useful in order to capture text edits which you have made in QuarkXPress back to your XML workflow, ensuring that any further usage of that text from your XML source - whatever that may be - will reflect the text which eventually went into print, rather than the pre-edited XML.
Note: whilst editing XML directly you must be careful not to change the tags around the content.
Now save your XML file, by selecting ‘Save’ from the ‘File’ menu in SimpleText or Notepad (or whichever other text editor you’re using).
14. If you’re unsure whether the XML differs, then you can check by clicking the ‘Compare XML with Document’ button (
You’ll see that an XML which differs from the QuarkXPress page (either because the QuarkXPress document has changed, or because the XML has changed) will be highlighted in bold.
15. Now click on the ‘Update Document from XML’ button in the XML palette (
). The changes which you have made are flowed onto the page.
This functionality is particularly useful when working with data which is constantly being updated during the production process : maybe pricing information in a catalogue or holiday brochure, or possibly financial data in an annual report.
In this tutorial we have: