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Chapter 1. The Basics > The Placeholders palette

The Placeholders palette

In QuarkXPress, placeholders are used for styling and placing XML element content. First a Quark XPress template is created, and blank text boxes and style sheets are created in the template. Next, an XML file is opened via the Placeholders palette; the hierarchical outline of the XML elements (as defined in a DTD) is displayed on the palette. Element names are then dragged from the Placeholders palette into each text box in the Quark XPress template, and each placeholder name in the template is styled via a style sheet.

Next, an XML file with matching elements is opened using the Placeholders palette. Each XML element will be matched up with a placeholder of the same name, and the XML content acquires style sheet attributes from that placeholder. To preview the XML content that will be substituted for the placeholders in the template, the Toggle Place holders/Content button is clicked. Finally, to make the imported XML content permanent, the Convert placeholders to Text button is clicked. For more information about placeholders, see the QuarkXPress documentation (it isn't discussed elsewhere in this book).


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