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Chapter 5. Word Processing

Chapter 5. Word Processing

When you think of Quark-XPress, you think of typography. But before you can set type in QuarkXPress, you somehow have to get the words onto your page. In the early days of desktop publishing, you'd usually write your stories in a word-processing program, and then import the files into a page-layout program. However, from its inception, QuarkXPress has been a capable word processor in its own right. Style sheets, find and change, a spelling checker, and even drag-and-drop text editing are all elements that have made this program a competent—though not exceptional—word processor.

However, just because you can use QuarkXPress as a word processor doesn't mean that you should. In complex documents and on many lower-end computers, QuarkXPress can become so slow that a skilled typist can get ahead of it. In this chapter, I'll examine the strengths and the weaknesses of writing and editing in QuarkXPress, including its powerful Find/Change feature and its spelling checker (I'll hold off on style sheets until Chapter 7, Copy Flow). I'll even throw in some fun tips for getting the most out of all these features.


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