This workshop introduces editors to the basics of digital publishing using entry-level desktop publishing software. It is designed to familiarise editors with the editing and typesetting potential of XML software. This is a fast-paced, practical workshop that covers the concepts of, and common issues in, XML editing. Using open-source XML and popular commercial software, participants will gain greater understanding of converting material to XML, tagging content, editing and using design stylesheets to produce PDF ebooks.
Course materials will be made available before the workshop and allow participants to continue learning XML markup after the course. A suite of typesetting templates and a practical user’s guide are bonus materials to help kick-start desktop production. (Note: This workshop covers only PDF output; a separate workshop is being developed for EPUB and web ebooks).
To gain maximum benefit from the workshop, prospective participants must download an information sheet on computing requirements. There is also an information sheet available on request that covers prerequisite topics (reading and software setups).
What does it cover?
Topic areas include:
- setting up desktop production software
- XML standards, metadata and quality assurance
- converting content to XML markup
- editing and formatting text and lists
- transforming XML to PDF
- applying processing instructions
- authoring with ‘track changes’ and differencing files
- marking up and styling tables and graphics
- structuring chapters and modifying stylesheets for document layout.
Who can attend?
Editors and publishers with a general understanding of publishing processes, and/or skills in desktop publishing.
Participants supply their own computer, and benefit from hands-on exercises to produce a short document using a trial version of <oXygen/> XML Editor, and a free version of RenderX XEP to produce PDF documents. We introduce editors to the DocBook 5 XML schema and provide useful follow-up resources.