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Cole Eutzy
Newspaper articles to CMS
on Feb 21, 2010 at 2:21:10 pm

Hi I work at a newspaper and I'm having a little trouble transferring articles to the web.
lets say I have this indesign document with stories and there formated in a mla kinda style i.e


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I want it to be like this, adding a line break after the paragraph ends.

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HOW CAN I DO THIS?

Ive been trying to find an option under the find dialogue where you can select the story and change the formatting but I can't seem to figure out which setting accomplishes what I want, any ideas?

P.s i have a ton of stories i need to do this to so it would save me tons of time if i figure it out. suggestions on where to look?



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John Mensinger
Re: Newspaper articles to CMS
on Feb 22, 2010 at 2:46:26 pm

Well, in InDesign, you would get that formatting by adding space-before or space-after paragraph, preferably applied via a Paragraph Style with the requisite values entered in the Indents and Spacing panel.

Thing is, there's no guarantee that it will transfer through the CMS that way. If the CMS generates simple HTML pages, adding the extra return, (as you did in your posted example above), would probably do the trick. If the CMS generates pages subject to CSS rules, you may have to get someone at the host end to alter the template.

John M:
All of the vim with none of that annoying vigor.


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Kelly Johnson
Re: Newspaper articles to CMS
on Feb 27, 2010 at 3:49:16 pm

You need to be sure the InDesign file is correctly formatted.. you are using style sheets, right? So the stories should all be wrapping until you have actually entered one return for a new paragraph. What you can do is search and replace all instances of a return with two returns.

Then, select all (the whole document) and export the text as Rich Text Format (extension of .rtf). This will give you raw text with basic formatting, ie.. bold, italic, paragraphs etc.

This will give you the text with options that can easily be searched and replaced with particular css/html tags that will get you what you need.

Are you doing the conversion and posting or are you just to supply the text to a web person?



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