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Chapter 6. Creating Frames > Understanding the Lingo

Understanding the Lingo

InDesign calls the basic elements of a page frames. In PageMaker, when working with text and graphics, using frames is optional, but in InDesign they’re required. As in XPress, frames (called boxes in XPress) are used as the container for text or graphics, or they may have no content at all.

QuarkXPress uses the word frame to mean the border around a box. It calls the thickness of a frame its width. When you want to change the background, you change the box color. InDesign and PageMaker, on the other hand, follows Illustrator’s terminology, and calls the border of a frame the stroke. When you change the thickness of a stroke, you change its stroke weight. Similarly, when a frame has a background color, InDesign and PageMaker calls it the fill.


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