IN THE PAST, a discussion of Web applications for InDesign documents would have been limited to an overview of the program’s PDF or JPEG export features. InDesign was originally built to create print-based documents, pure and simple. But things change. The ability to export and import XML was added in InDesign CS. The ability to export XHTML (see the sidebar “What’s XHTML?”) was added in CS3.
The ability to move content from print documents to the Web has advanced well beyond simple copy and paste. But before you get too excited, it doesn’t mean that doing so is either easy or foolproof. And, as you’ve probably already guessed, InDesign styles are a crucial component of this capability.