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6.6.6 Inline preference

The Inline Preference causes Atomik Xport to examine and, where a rule exists, extract the specified content from an inline text or image box.

For example: If the Inline Preference is NOT selected, Atomik Xport will follow the flow of text in a text box and will automatically bypass an inline text or image box, because this is how the text flows (Atomik Xport always follows the flow of text in a text box).

If the Inline Preference IS selected, Atomik Xport will stop and examine the contents of an inline text or image box to see if a rule exists, and if so, extract the specified content or image reference in the exact position that it appears within the text flow.

This option is particularly useful for maintaining the geometric position of tabular data, images and quotes that are placed over the top of a text box (that has runaround enabled).

Inline Overlap Tolerance

This enables the user to control what Atomik Xport classifies as an inline box. The tolerance number is expressed as a percentage and refers to the percentage of the area of the box that has to be covering the underlying text box if the box is to be classified as inline. For example if the tolerance is set to 80 (%) and only 10% of the area of a box is covering the underlying text box, Atomik Xport will not treat this as inline. However if, with the same tolerance setting, the box is moved so that 90 (%) of the box covers the underlying text box, Atomik Xport would treat this as inline. In most cases a value of 80 (%) would be normal. In summary and to define this more mathematically, there are two rules that must be met for Atomik Xport to consider a box to be inline:

Box 1 is considered inline to Box 2 if...

  1. 1 The area of intersection of the two boxes is greater than the area of Box 1 multiplied by the tolerance (e.g. tolerance of 60% equals 0.6).
  2. AND
  3. 2 The area of Box 1 is less than the area of Box 2

Example of an inline text box.

Anchored Boxes

An anchored box is one that has been pasted into the actual text flow. This means that unlike non-anchored boxes, it will move with the flow of the text within a text box. Anchored boxes can be created by copying an existing non-anchored box with the item tool in InDesign and then pasting the box into a text box using the content tool (see InDesign user manual for more details).

Atomik Xport will always treat anchored boxes as inline irrespective of the setting of the inline option in the Ruleset Preferences. This means that anchored boxes will always be included in the XML at the exact point they appear within the text flow.