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My first XML import into InDesign

Returning to our earlier document from the last post on XML authoring : <story> <h1>This is a top level heading</h1> <p>This is a paragraph with some <i>italic text</i> in it.</p> </story> that we saved with the .xml extension, we are ready to import it into InDesign. In your blank InDesign document click on the File menu and select 'Import XML...', which is about halfway down the menu. For the purposes of this tutorial, I'll assume you already know how to open InDesign and create a new document. You don't have to be using the latest and greatest version of InDesign. Here I'm using the version packaged with CS3. When you open the file a structure panel should open on the left of your document. From here drag and drop the "story" you created to your page and then treat it as you would a placed Word doc. The Structure can be viewed at any time using the View menu. (View > Structure > Show

Regular Expressions on the iPad: Textforce

I've blogged before about text editors on the iPad, and how useful Textastic and Gusto are. But despite their brilliance there was one thing notably missing for intensive real-world use, and this is what Textforce brings to the table: regular expressions. I have to confess, I'd prefer more local file exchange options with this iOS app instead of having to communicate through Dropbox but that doesn't take away from the importance of finally seeing a text editor with regular expressions on the iPad. It is a great step while I continue to wait for an iOS word processor with the same functionality. Once this arrives, I can get to work on doc files without the need to work in Word or OpenOffice on the desktop or laptop – which will be good for XML. Update:  Textastic v.4.0 released 10 March 2012 adds regular expressions to its find and replace and also some fantastic additional keyboard buttons for special characters and numbers that save oodles of time once you learn h