Undocumented Feature: Export to “Fixed-Layout HTML”
For those unfamiliar with scripting, this might not look like much. But it stopped me cold. This command didn’t exist in previous versions of InDesign. The documentation for the command simply says “Exports to XHTML FXL format.”
Click here to download a script you can use to try this out for yourself.
The script asks you to choose a folder to save the HTML files into, and then names each file the same as the InDesign file with an html filename extension.
I thought I’d share this because I thought it was interesting, and it might be useful for someone in some way. I suspect this command is “under the hood” in InDesign due to the “technology preview” of the new Publish Online feature in the English versions of InDesign CC 2015.
While this is pretty amazing, it is no substitute for products like in5, since there is no way to automatically link the HTML pages together, no control over how the HTML is positioned and sized within the browser, and more.
Another caveat: at this point, it’s not clear how publishing documents this way fits (or doesn’t) with your font licenses. So it would be safest to limit your early explorations with this feature to documents using free or open source fonts.