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Formatting the unformattable in InDesign

Peter Kahrel
Scripting Engineer, Typefi

In a Typefi workflow, if you want some text to automatically appear in a certain format in InDesign, you can apply that formatting as a local override or with a character style in your Word document, or encode it in an XML file.

This method of text formatting can’t be used in Typefi fields, because the composition engine doesn’t see that content. Typefi field content can contain only plain text: no formatting is possible.

However, this limitation can be overcome by including some rudimentary, HTML-like text tags in the field content and one or more GREP styles in the InDesign paragraph styles applied to the fields.

Overcoming the challenges of accessible publishing

Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi

Almost five years ago, I learned about my first major project as a fresh Typefi employee: I was to implement a multilingual, multi-format accessible workflow at a specialised agency of the United Nations. No pressure!

Fortunately, I am multilingual, and had a lot of experience with multiple formats, but I had no idea what this accessibility thing was all about.

Needless to say, the learning curve was high. However, I did not have to go at it alone: colleagues had done some of this work before, and the internet is a veritable treasure trove of information.

Now, after five years of helping Typefi customers successfully implement accessible publishing workflows, I have learnt a thing or two about accessible publishing challenges—and how to overcome them—that I would like to share with you.

Nuggets of Word wisdom (Part 1)

Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi

There is absolutely no doubt that Microsoft Word is the most-used word processing application on the planet, especially in corporate environments.

Even though I can’t back that statement up with some relevant statistical data or a beautiful infographic, I can definitely back it up with 20 years of experience dealing with the publishing industry!

However, the fact that something is the most-used application doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is adept at using it. As with all things, we humble users are often pressed for time and use software the way we were taught—if we were lucky enough to have received formal training.

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Typefi shortlisted for international accessible publishing award

In February 2018, Typefi was shortlisted for an Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award—an achievement of which our team is extremely proud!

These annual awards, part of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, recognise outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of digital publications for persons who are print disabled.

Two awards are presented each year, one to a publisher and one for a project initiative. Typefi was a finalist for the initiative award, alongside DAISY Forum of India, Dolphin Computer Access in the UK, and Fundação Dorina Nowill para Cegos in Brazil.