Desktop publishing and pre-press

Desktop publishing uses page layout software to create publication documents on a computer. These documents can include displays, leaflets and slide shows as well as books; the term can also apply to websites. Generally, specialist software is required, although more basic results can be achieved with most word processing packages.

Newer software tends to be WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), whereas older software can require the user to use markup languages.

The main components involved in a publication document are text and images. Some images are ‘linked’, and can only be modified as an external source, whereas some are ‘embedded’, and can be modified with layout application software. Graphic design styles can also be applied, which are sometimes controlled by stylesheets.

‘Prepress’ is a term that encompasses the whole process of taking a publication document from an idea to the final product. This incorporates design (text / images), file preparation, proofing and printing. Some prepress tools can be accessed online, to allow more than one person to work on the same project simultaneously, often from different locations.

Related methods include: 2D Graphic design, Collaborative publishing, General website development and Text encoding - presentational.

tool: Omeka

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Omeka falls at a crossroads of Web Content Management, Collections Management, and Archival Digital Collections Systems. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability. Omeka allows users to publish cultural heritage objects, extend its functionality with themes and plugins, and curate online exhibits with digital objects.
Methods relating to this toolCategory
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Collaborative publishingData publishing and dissemination
Desktop publishing and pre-pressData publishing and dissemination
General project managementStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Resource sharingData publishing and dissemination
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