Chapter 3. Text

Text is the stream of characters that inhabit your publications. Text is not about what those characters look like (that’s “type,” the topic of the next chapter)—it’s about the characters themselves, and the containers that hold them.

All text in an InDesign document exists in one or more stories. A story consists of at least one text container: the container is usually a text frame, but can sometimes be a path text object. A story can be as small as a single, unlinked text frame, or as large as a series of hundreds of linked text frames containing tens of thousands of words and spanning hundreds of pages.

Text frames (see Figure 3-1) are similar to the text “boxes” found in QuarkXPress, and they’re also similar to the text “blocks” ...

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