Background: Many layouts follow text styling rules —for example, 'always make the first sentence in a story italic,' or 'always apply the Wingdings font to the first character in this type of paragraph.' Understanding such rules is easy, but making sure they’re always followed correctly —especially in long documents — can be a time-consuming and error-prone process.

Conditional styles (sometimes referred to as 'nested styles') take the tedium out of text styling rules. Through an intuitive, 'plain English' user interface, you can create a set of rules that automatically applies paragraph and character style sheets to your text based on the content of that text and the rules you’ve defined. This eliminates text-styling inconsistencies and saves countless hours of manual work.

How it Works

  1. Find a repeatable styling pattern, such as 'the first word is always green'
  2. Use the simple menu-based interface to translate that pattern into a conditional style
  3. Apply the conditional style to a paragraph or text story, and watch as QuarkXPress® instantly evaluates and applies style sheets based on content

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