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It sounds like you're trying to use XML Structure to set export order. This was required in InDesign CS5.
However, a much easier method is available in InDesign CS5.5 (not included in the video because Anne-Marie has not recorded it yet). That is to use the Articles panel.
Either refer to my posting on InDesignSecrets.com:
Or this videocast:
I don't find using XML structure in any way intuitive.
Thanks for your response Steve, I've checked out your posting on InDesignSecrets.com and the videocast (and a few others on the website), so I see a workaround for my problem, but I'm not completely satisfied with it.
You are right, I am using the XML Structure to set export order, I have a programing background, so I am very comfortable with XML.
I have tried using the Articles panel to set export order, as you suggested, and I can see the same issue will come up that I'm experiencing with the XML Structure.
I am working with a book with about 140 pages, in 10 chapters, with about 50 images. I want the images to be inserted below the paragraphs that reference them. For example, when a paragraph says "see image 3" I want image 3 to be underneath the paragraph in the ebook. Using the Articles panel I would have to break each chapter into many articles so I could insert the image between paragraphs. I don't see how I could insert the images into the text without breaking the text up.
This is why the video on lynda.com looked like a great idea - manually positioning the images above or below paragraphs inside a "story" was a simple drag and drop action.
Cutting up the chapter into smaller stories or articles makes the task much longer - and leaves room for many more errors. And I was hoping to avoid having to create a second book - I don't really want to do a separate set of print book files and epub book files especially because the author keeps changing the content of the various chapters - doubling the time I will need to spend!
Have you tried anchoring the images where you want in the text. It's much easier in InDesign CS5.5.
Here's a tutorial:
And here are links to Colin Fleming's great Adobe TV series of creating EPUB in 5.5:
Anchoring the images in the text works! When I export to epub the images are right where I want them. (I have to move the images around a bit for the print layout to get the anchors to attach where I want them, but I can live with that!)
Thank you Steve - this makes the work a lot easier!