Get a grip on GREP …and what it's for
This is a presentation in InDesign that can be used to demonstrate how we can use powerful Find/Change functions in InDesign. It is linked to presentation given 12 March 2014.
Assumes basic knowledge of InDesign, Paragraph Styles, Character Styles and general ability to apply skills from one situation to another. It's hard but can save 100's of hours in real world production.
Many times we get junk text that needs to be cleaned. Human error is the biggest cause of reprints, so we want computers to do the tricky parts for us. It does matter that text has a good semantic structure, especially if we later want to use that text for other media. Having good semantic structure also frees us to be creative and try out options like choosing between indents or blank line.
For lesson plan I recommend using raw text files from www.gutenberg.org any complex text will do (preferably text more than 200 pages).
Edit: Added a resource of a blank InDesign and IDML file with paragraph styles that contain Keep Options and GREP style on Body text that applies no-break to last space. These files are "as is" but may help in seeing new possibilities.