XML import picture into placeholders

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albertopriore
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XML import picture into placeholders

Post by albertopriore » 17 Jun 2011, 05:08

Hi,I have this xml Inside of the tag picture I have the path of the event pictures in my pc.What I want to do is to use placeholders to write the contents in this order----- event 1citytitlepicturedescription----- event 2citytitlepicturedescriptionBut when I try to put a picture box inside the placeholder, quarkxpress show me the error "Anchors cannot be placed into placeholders"How can I solve this?Thanks in advance!

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XML import picture into placeholders

Post by Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 21 Jun 2011, 23:18

Hi Alberto,
I'm afraid this is a limitation of placeholders, you can't have a repeating structure like this. The closest you could get would be if it would be acceptable to have 1 event per page. Then you can use the "paginate" function, but I'm guessing that won't work if this is a "directory" style layout.
One possibility would be QuarkXPress Server using Modifier XML and transforming the data to XPress Tags (both of which support anchors), however I am not sure whether that's suitable for your workflow and budget.
You might want to look at some 3rd party XTensions, two that come to mind are Xtags and JoLetter. However as I can't guarantee that they will solve this, please try these out first.

Regards
Matthias

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