IDML Files

Localization guide for Adobe Indesign IDML files

IDML (InDesign Markup Language)  is an XML representation of an InDesign document or components. IDML files provide an interchangeable format for Adobe InDesign documents, as well as a way for third-party tools to modify and assemble InDesign files.

Formatting guide:

  • Complex vector graphics may cause Text United's filter not to process the file. Consider removing them from your document and placing back in the target file (after translation)

  • All text in Story elements (text frames) will be read by the IDML filter, even if placed outside the document borders.

  • Text placed in Notes will not be considered as translatable content.

  • Different formatting options (bold, italic, etc.) will add tags in Text United translation editor

  • After the period mark, the text will be divided into multiple segments.

  • Fonts, pictures and other imported files in the inDesign document will not be saved with the file, therefore they need to be re-linked after translation

  • Pictures and importable files can be embedded in the document, but will affect file size.