QuarkXPress 9 New Feature: Conditional Styles

Quark has done an excellent job of explaining each new feature in QuarkXPress 9 here. I’ve copied their explanation of the new, powerful Conditional Styles feature below, but Quark also has a 28-second video that demonstrates how it works here.


Conditional Styles

Automatically Style Content Based on Powerful Styling Rules

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

At a glance:

  • Combine several rules in one conditional style
  • Create rules that search for specific text strings or characters; a specific number of characters, words, or sentences; the end of a sentence, paragraph, or story; the last word, sentence, paragraph; and more
  • Apply styles up to, through, or before specific points in the text
  • When you can’t base a rule on content, you can insert conditional style markers to indicate where formatting should stop and start
  • Repeat conditional styles automatically after specific text strings, specific characters, conditional style markers, or paragraph breaks
  • Use bi-directional formatting to format backwards from the end of a paragraph
  • Apply conditional styles at the paragraph level or the story level
  • Once applied, conditional styles continue to automatically style the text as you make edits