Many publications—such as books—use cross-references. A cross-reference enables you to link to other content. For example, Chapter 1 in a book links to content in Chapters 2 and 5. In this example, each chapter is its own standalone Microsoft Word document.
When a cross-reference is internal to the document—for example, Chapter 1 includes a cross-reference to a different page, but it's still in Chapter 1—you can publish the document from Typefi Writer. The cross-reference in the final output will be resolved, which means it will include the actual page number. The cross-reference is resolved because the cross-reference source is part of the paginated output, so Typefi knows which page number to reference.
However, if you add cross-references to Chapters 2 and 5 in Chapter 1, then the cross-references will be unresolved when you publish Chapter 1 from Typefi Writer. The cross-references are unresolved because Typefi cannot link to something that doesn't yet exist.
When you publish a document from Typefi Writer, only the current document's content (and any image links from this document) are uploaded to the Typefi Server. Publishing only Chapter 1 results in unresolved cross-references because Adobe InDesign Server cannot create cross-references to non-existent locations; cross-references must point to a "real" destination. A cross-reference to an external document can only be resolved if that external document is also paginated.
When publishing a document with cross-references to external documents, you must:
- Create a Typefi workflow that includes all referenced documents so that each document is paginated. To do this, use the Merge DOCXs workflow action, which combines the content from several Word documents (DOCX) into a single Content XML file (CXML).
- Run the job from a Typefi Server so that all documents are paginated.
If you have any questions about publishing a document with external cross-references, please contact us. We're here to help.