Desktop Publishing Software, Continued
Desktop publishing programs specifically code documents for print.
Desktop publishing programs (DTP) tend to be more complicated and precise
than word processing or graphics software programs. It is imperative to keep
DTP manuals near the computer for continual reference.
document coding may cause printing errors in the finished product.
Tags are a group of selected stylistic and typographical attributes that define
the appearance or style of paragraphs. The style and topographic attributes
include letter style or font, alignment, spacing, breaks, tab sets, special
effects, attribute overrides, and paragraph typography. You may also select
ruling lines, boxing, or colors. All selected specifications are saved as tags
and applied to text in a current document or imported into other documents.
Practice good design principles and avoid mixing too many fonts or design
elements. Tags must be named for identification and later recall. Name tags
according to hierarchy, type, group, or alphabet with a 13-character name.
Frames are the basic element in the creation of desktop published documents.
Frames are box outlines that hold text on pages by defining page size,
orientation, margins, and columns. Do not use frames if tags will do the
same job because frames require manual manipulation and tags do not. You
can create, layer, or delete frames at will or use frames as place holders for
inserting graphics. More than one frame may fit on a page simultaneously.
Style sheets are collections of tags, frames, and other information pertinent to
the layout of a page. Style sheets determine the appearance of the printed
page. When you create style sheets, name and identify them as style sheets
with the suffix STY. You may use only one style sheet for each document,
but you may switch style sheets in the middle of documents. Switching style
sheets allows you to view documents in different presentations and select the