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Desktop Publishing Synopsis

Microsoft Publisher is an industry-strength DTP (Desktop Publishing) application.

There was a time when most of the features of DTP applications were unique to them, with word processors satisfying a far more mundane set of requirements than they do today. All this has changed, however, and applications like MS Word now boast many of the advanced features of DTP packages.

There are a few features which still remain exclusive to DTP, but probably the biggest difference between MS Word and MS Publisher is the underlying philosophy of each.

Word treats a document (by and large) as a continuous flow of characters which have to be formatted 'in line'.  Publisher, on the other hand, is 'object-oriented' meaning that it treats a document as a collection of separate and distinct objects that can be moved, edited, or deleted completely independent of any other objects in the document. So while both Word and Publisher can create documents that seem fairly similar at first glance, the underlying structure of each is markedly different.

In order to allow members to consolidate their knowledge, Desktop Publishing is split between two courses.  The first course comprises:

In the second course you build on your expertise by creating a range of publishing projects

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