Typefi Fields are content placeholders. Use Typefi Fields for inserting text that repeats itself throughout a layout—such as a document title, chapter titles, or running headers and footers. There are three Typefi Field types. Each type to different segments, or levels, of a publication.
Typefi Fields are represented by the
<fieldSet> tag in Content XML. Content XML is the data format used by Typefi to encode content. Since Typefi Fields are stored in the Content XML file, the Field value can be carried through to different output formats. Let’s look at an example.
In this example workflow, we are transforming a Microsoft Word document into a PDF document. This workflow includes three workflow actions:
Import DOCX requires two inputs: the Typefi-ready template (.indd) and the source content (.docx). The layout designer is responsible for designing the template, and the author is responsible for writing the content.
First, the layout designer creates the Typefi-ready template in Adobe InDesign. They know that the top of each page should include the chapter title, but they don’t know what it is yet. With Typefi Fields, they do not need to know the actual chapter title; instead, they can insert a Typefi Field as a placeholder for the chapter title.
Then, the author writes the content in Microsoft Word. They attach the workflow and begin to transform their unstructured content into structured content. Typefi Writer will prompt the author to fill in the value for the Typefi Field that the layout designer inserted in the template.
The final output will contain the Field value, which in this example is the chapter title, across the top of each page in the published PDF.
Typefi Field types
There are three Typefi Field types: Project Fields, Section Fields, and Element Fields. Each type corresponds to different segments, or levels, of a publication.
|Project||A Project Field is a content placeholder representing the position and formatting of metadata across an entire project. Project Fields retain their value throughout a publication. They are commonly used for inserting project-level content, such as the document title, subtitle, author, publisher, copyright, and International Standard Book Number (ISBN).|
|Section||A Section Field is a content placeholder representing the position and formatting of metadata within a Typefi Section. Section Fields retain their value throughout a single Typefi Section. For example, you could use a Section Field to insert a chapter title.|
|Element||An Element Field is a content placeholder representing the position and formatting of metadata within a Typefi Element. Element Fields are commonly used for inserting element-level content, such as figure captions, figure numbers, and copyright information.|
Introducing the Typefi Fields panel
To open the Typefi Fields panel, go to Window → Typefi → Fields. The Typefi Fields panel lists the name and type of each Field.
Use the Typefi Fields panel to: