Release: Xtags 6/7/8.3.4 for QuarkXPress 6/7/8
January 3, 2011 by car
This release of Xtags for QuarkXPress adds tags for hyperlinks, a speed-up for anchored boxes and, in the server XTension, support for multiple imports into named boxes.
- Added native support for hyperlinks and text anchors. The new tags are:
&Ysmarks the start of a text hyperlink
&Ye(hyperlink name, page number, style name)ends a text hyperlink and creates a page reference
&Ye(hyperlink name, URL, style name)ends a text link and creates a URL reference
&Ye(hyperlink name, #anchor name, style name)ends a text link and creates an anchor reference
&Yb(relative box ref, ...same as any of &Ye parameters)
&Ya"anchor name"drops a named text anchor
To put these into use, we would recommend creating some hyperlinks in a scratch document, generating their tags via Edit > Copy with Xtags and then modifying those tags to meet your needs.
The <&Ya"foo">quick brown fox jumps <&Ys>over<&Ye("foo hyperlink", "#foo")> the lazy dog.will generate a text anchor named “foo”, then create a hyperlink named “foo hyperlink” to that anchor on the text “over”. (Note that text anchor references must be prefaced with a #.)
The quick brown fox jumps <&Ys>over<&Ye(, "http://emsoftware.com")> the lazy dog.will create an anonymous URL hyperlink on the text “over” to our website.
- Added support for multiple imports into named boxes via a new
"@xtagsimport"parameter modifier. (Server only)
Our import parameter mimics the QuarkXPress Server Modifier XT’s
<box-name> "&xtagsimport=" (<text> | "file:" <path>)
<box-name>is an extant text box
<text>is literal tagged text and
<path>is either a platform-style absolute path (like
"file:Macintosh HD:foo:bar.txt") or a doc pool-relative partial path using either platform or URL/Unix separators (like
This format allows for multiple imports, like
Note that hard errors (like
<box-name>not a text box,
<path>not found or import failure) are ignored. (Which also mimics the Modifier XT, and allows all imports to complete as best they can.)
- Addressed a performance issue in Q7/8 so that text containing anchored boxes now imports just about as quickly as it does in Q4/6.
- Made Pro features (table generation, namely) available in Demo mode.