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Standards: The foundation for innovation and creativity in publishing

Damian Gibbs
Solutions Consultant, Typefi

The word “standard” does not appeal to the creative spirit of publishing. With connotations of enforcing rules and guidelines on people, it appears to be the very antithesis of creativity!

Looking at the broad variation of beautiful publications available, this surely is proof that publishing thrives on non-conformity and thinking outside the box?

Title page of of the JavaScript for InDesign Book Excerpt in the April 2020 issue of InDesign Magazine. There is a short block of text, a photo of Peter Kahrel, and a shot of the book cover.

Book excerpt: JavaScript for InDesign

There are many repetitive and labour-intensive Adobe InDesign tasks that can be solved with scripting.

If you want to learn how to access Adobe InDesign’s hidden scripting riches, Peter Kahrel’s book JavaScript for InDesign is a great place to start!

Thanks to the team at InDesign Secrets, you can now download an excerpt which first appeared in the April 2020 edition of InDesign Magazine.

Title page of of the JavaScript for InDesign Book Excerpt in the April 2020 issue of InDesign Magazine. There is a short block of text, a photo of Peter Kahrel, and a shot of the book cover.

The excerpt also includes an exclusive set of simple one-liner scripts that Peter came up with to give you a quick taste of success!

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The Publishing Machine: How automation makes space for creativity

Damian Gibbs
Solutions Consultant, Typefi

It is a curious thing, publishing books. I’ve never been sure if it is more art or science; either way, there is no doubt that both are involved, and one without the other amounts to naught.

Access to literature has come a long way since early handwritten manuscripts, thanks to moveable type and the printing press, largely attributed to Johannes Gutenberg. The “technology” Gutenberg leveraged was his own trade of blacksmithing. This is as far from being a scribe as you could imagine—metal versus paper, a loud, hot workshop versus the quiet library environment.

Stock photo of an antique printing press.
The printing press—an early industry disruptor!

It is unknown how or why Gutenberg formalised the concept of moveable type and the printing press, but it is an early example of “disruption” by someone “outside of the business”.

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.

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