Overview of Tags

Editors add tags (or codes) to manuscripts at the copy editing stage. During the layout process the tags are converted to paragraph styles in InDesign.

Tag Name Rules

  • Tags always take the form <[tag/style name]>.
  • Paragraph tags are added at the beginning of paragraphs. They are required only where the tagging changes; repetitive tags can be omitted, but it is advisable to tag every paragraph, especially in manuscripts with a complicated or sophisticated design; InDesign will crash if some tagging is absent.
  • No character precedes a tag; no space follows a tag.
  • Character tags (with the exception of <en> and <em>) are not added in the editorial process; they are created and used solely in the production process.

Example of Tag Use

<CT>Introduction: A Fundamental Democratic Problem
<H1>A Uniquely Canadian Problem
<TX1>The Canadian system of parliamentary government faces a fundamental problem that has been allowed to undermine Canadian democracy. ...