Typefi Fields are content placeholders that represent the position and formatting of metadata (data about data). There are three types of Typefi Fields. Use Typefi Fields for inserting text that repeats itself throughout a layout— such as a document title, chapter titles, or running headers and footers.
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How do Typefi Fields fit into a Typefi workflow? ↩
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, Create InDesign Document, and Export PDF.
Import DOCX requires two inputs: the Typefi-ready template (.indd) and the source content (.docx). The layout artist is responsible for designing the template, and the author is responsible for writing the content.
First, the layout artist 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 applying tags to transform their unstructured content into structured content. Once the tagging process is complete, they click Publish to publish the document. But, before the document is published, Typefi Writer prompts the author to fill in the value for the Typefi Field that the layout artist inserted in the template. Once the author specifies the Field value, Typefi Writer resumes the publishing process.
The final output contains the Field value, which is the chapter title, across the top of each page in the published PDF.
Using the Typefi Fields panel ↩
Use the Typefi Fields panel to create, insert, and manage Fields in Typefi Designer. You can access the panel in Adobe InDesign by choosing Window → Typefi → Fields. The panel lists the name and type of each Field.