To link an Excel spreadsheet to a table in QuarkXPress 8, just enable the Link to External Data checkbox when creating the table.
For comparison, linking an Excel spreadsheet to a table in InDesign requires that you set an application preference before importing the spreadsheet into the table. In CS4, choose InDesign> Preferences> File Handling and tick the checkbox next to “Create Links When Placing Text and Spreadsheet Files“. In CS3, it’s under InDesign> Preferences> Type.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.