Chapter 7. Exporting ePub Content (InDesign CS5.5 and CS6)

Export in XML Order Compared with Page Layout and Article Pane Order

Since InDesign CS5.5, there have been three methods to determine the content sequence when exporting ePubs from InDesign files: “Based on Page Layout”, “Same as XML Structure”, and “Same as Articles Panel” (see Figure 7-1).

The effects of the setting for Content Order are the same as for HTML exports:

Based on Page Layout

This setting follows left–right and top–bottom order in general (based on page geometry); however, any unanchored text frame or graphics frame will move to the end of the output.

Same as XML Structure

This setting will export only the content that has been tagged as XML, in the order in which it is seen in the Structure view. An image that is tagged but is not anchored can be located between other XML elements, and it will be exported in the location where it is seen in the Structure pane. However, there are some very odd behaviors when exporting ePub in XML order if you use alternate layouts with XML in the InDesign file. See the following section, Alternate Layouts and XML Are Not Compatible Features.

Same as Articles Panel

This setting will export only the content that is placed into articles. Unanchored text or graphic frames will be moved to the end of the output; it isn’t possible to insert them in the middle of a text flow without anchoring them. When they are anchored, they will come out in the article where they are anchored.

Figure 7-1. The ...

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