8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2013 10:49 AM by sarahannekibs RSS

    InDesign conversion to HTML

    sarahannekibs

      I am creating a course catalog for a university. I have been using Framemaker 10 to create it but am thinking about making the shift to InDesign (I currently own Creative Suite 5).  My main concern is the conversion of the InDesign document into HTML.  I need to make sure that all of my hyperlinks, cross references, index and table of contents links still work in the HTML format.  Is there a way to do this in InDesign or is there a supplemental product that can help me do this automatically?

        • 1. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
          peter at knowhowpro Community Member

          Use InDesign's File > Export > HTML. Depending on your layout, you may need to do manual work. A quick test verified that an ID cross-reference within a document is active in the converted HTML I didn't test a cross-document cross-reference.

           

          Download the InDesign trial to see how it suits your needs. Ooops, are you wondering how to go from FM to ID? Export to RTF via FM or mif2go and File > Place into a new ID document. Then you can test your links and active areas. You can convert from FM to ID with the commercial third-party MIF Filter plug-in for InDesign, from dtptools.com. You can test it for free forever, but you can't save or print until you a purchase a quantity of page credits. Not all FM constructs have counterparts in ID, so you'll want to see how your particular documents are converted.

           

          Search Google for terms like "convert FrameMaker to InDesign," without quotes for more.

           

          HTH

           

           

          Regards,

           

           

          Peter

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          sarahannekibs wrote:

           

          I am creating a course catalog for a university. I have been using Framemaker 10 to create it but am thinking about making the shift to InDesign (I currently own Creative Suite 5).  My main concern is the conversion of the InDesign document into HTML.  I need to make sure that all of my hyperlinks, cross references, index and table of contents links still work in the HTML format.  Is there a way to do this in InDesign or is there a supplemental product that can help me do this automatically?

          • 2. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
            sarahannekibs Community Member

            Thanks Peter,

            I had not thought of how to go from Framemaker to InDesign, that may be helpful.  But actually I was looking for a solution in converting InDesign to HMTL while carrying over a workable table of contents and index.  When I export to Dreamweaver my Index for some reason is not exported along with it.

             

            Sarah

            • 3. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
              Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

              Your ID index refers to pages in the layout. When you export to HTML that layout no longer exists -- there is no concept of numbered pages to which you can refer.

              • 4. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
                peter at knowhowpro Community Member

                You're welcome, Sarah.

                 

                I can't speak to the InDesign to Dreamweaver issues. Search Google for terms like "InDesign to dreamweaver conversion" without quotes.

                 

                InDesign CS6 has terrific e-publishing features. You might want to look into one of these formats for your documents. Are there limitations in FrameMaker's PDF or electronic publishng abiliies that don't work for you? Search Google for terms like "FrameMaker electronic publishing" without quotes.

                 

                 

                HTH

                 

                 

                Regards,

                 

                 

                Peter

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                Peter Gold

                KnowHow ProServices

                 

                sarahannekibs wrote:

                 

                Thanks Peter,

                I had not thought of how to go from Framemaker to InDesign, that may be helpful.  But actually I was looking for a solution in converting InDesign to HMTL while carrying over a workable table of contents and index.  When I export to Dreamweaver my Index for some reason is not exported along with it.

                 

                Sarah

                • 5. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
                  sarahannekibs Community Member

                  Thanks Peter - I suppose I have been doing it that way for so long, I hadn't thought of the lack of numbers being an issue?

                   

                  Do you know of a way to maintain those as links to cross references throughout the publication?  I open to suggestions for an additional software piece needed.

                   

                  Any other suggestions you have would be fantastic.

                   

                  Sarah

                  • 6. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
                    Joel Cherney MVP

                    It's annoying and time-consuming, but what I did was exactly what you suggest: I converted my index to a pile of cross-references. If you go that route, I would suggest that you pick up a license for DTP Tools' Cross-References PRO. I did by hand - but I only had about a hundred xrefs.

                    • 7. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
                      Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

                      This is outside of my workflow, so I'm only able to deal in theoreticals here, but I suspect it would be posible to convert the index markers into hyperlink destinations, probably through scripting, though I'm not quite sure how you'd deal with a topic that has multiple locations (references to multiple pages). Were you able to do all of this in Framemaker previously?

                      • 8. Re: InDesign conversion to HTML
                        sarahannekibs Community Member

                        Peter,

                         

                        Yes, I was, but it is the only reason that I am thinking of sticking with Framemaker.  We produce a pdf of our publication which works fine when exported from InDesign, but we are also required to provide an html (I believe bc of ADA standards) and are currently using RoboHelp to create a help doc formatted html.  I am able to still use RoboHelp to create the hmtl but the index and toc aren't created automatically as they are from a framemaker doc.  I am able to have RoboHelp autocreate a new index but the table of contents will have to be created manually... and for a 500+page doc... I'm not sure I'm willing to do this.

                         

                        Thanks for your help.

                         

                        Sarah