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Adobe® InDesign® CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts by Michael Murphy

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Chapter 9. Generating Dynamic Content with Styles

STYLES DON’T JUST FORMAT TEXT; they can also generate text for other InDesign features. Tables of Contents, for example, rely entirely on paragraph styles to work. Styles are required to generate running header text variables, and the new cross-reference feature in InDesign CS4—while not entirely style-dependent—can produce cross-references directly from instances of styled text.

These three features have their own specific—and distinctly different—work area and implementation process; each of which you’ll explore in this chapter. At their core, however, they all do the same thing: find text that uses a particular style, collect that text, and then serve it up elsewhere in a document. They also ...

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