About IDF syntax

IDF is a way of describing the structure of a composite document to the EscapeE print file conversion resources system. A complete document can be assembled from a number of fragments in any of the supported EscapeE formats. This section contains explanatory topics on:

Positioning and sizing
Notes on drawing
Notes on text
Using data fields

An XML 1.0 notation is used to describe document content. IDF uses a simple tree structure where each branch is a tag or an array of tags. Leading and trailing "whitespace" in body text is removed. The intrinsic space character entity   may be used to preserve "whitespace" in these positions.

IDF elements describes the elements used in IDF.
IDF attributes describes the parameters set up in the elements. There is no significance in the ordering of attributes. Where appropriate, the attributes of container elements are used as defaults for nested elements; nesting may be up to 8 levels deep.
Sample scripts demonstrating the use of IDF are given in the Examples section.