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ICML files[edit]

ICML files are essentially XML files, usualy managed by InCopy, Adobe’s own word processor, which can be easily imported into Adobe InDesign.

Importing ICML to InDesign[edit]

An ICML file can be imported into InDesign with File>Place

The present paragraph styles and chapter styles that were present in the manuscript which gave origin to the ICML are kept and included in the HTML file.

bold; italic; blockquotes; footnotes; headers; paragraphs; tables; lists.

Images are given an empty placeholder.

Updating content[edit]

If the ICML remains linked to the inDesign project, changes performed in manuscript, once converted to the ICML, will be integrated into the inDesign project.

inDesign Styles[edit]

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Importing styles from another inDesign project[edit]

To import character and paragraph styles from another inDesign project:

  • Choose Load All Text Styles from the Paragraph Styles panel menu
    • InDesign displays the Open a File dialog box.
  • Locate and select the InDesign project file containing the styles you want and click the Open button.
    • InDesign copies the character styles from that publication into the current document.

Importing/Exporting styles[edit]

According to course Exporting InDesign styles for CSS and HTML "InDesign writes and creates the CSS for you. This is not an option that I really recommend because InDesign, great as it is, does not write very good CSS. It tries to write CSS that is a very, very close match in appearance to your print layout and that's not necessarily Web-friendly."

Besides the design spaces - the page and the screen have different properties and behaviors.

Conversions to ICML[edit]

Pandoc can convert HTML and Markdown markups into ICML, since the file format is is essentially XML markup.

Example command:

pandoc -s -f markdown -t icml -o my.icml

-s option, which stands for “standalone”, produces output with an appropriate header and footer;

-f option, which stands for “from”, is followed by the source format;

-t option, which stands for “to”, is followed by the output format;

-o option, which stands for “output”;; is the markdown source filename.