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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook with InDesign for PDF

Hi Hendy,
You could import DocBook XML into InDesign, just as you can any other XML. 
But you have to set up all the styles in InDesign for the elements you 
import.  I don't know of anyone who has done that.

Regarding using InDesign as a design tool for an FO stylesheet, I don't see 
how it would be much help.  The XEP tools doesn't create an XSL-FO 
stylesheet, it creates XSL-FO from InDesign content.

I'm not clear what shortcut you are looking for here.  InDesign is great 
for one-off documents, DocBook is better for producing larger volumes of 
content in a standardized format.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises
DocBook Consulting

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hendy Irawan" <gauldong@gmail.com>
To: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 7:43 PM
Subject: [docbook-apps] DocBook with InDesign for PDF

> Dear DocBook experts,
> Has anyone had experience with DocBook and Adobe InDesign CS2?
> It seems relatively easy to make "dynamic" (XML-based) business cards
> using InDesign but since DocBook is a very complex language I'm not
> exactly sure if this is doable.
> If "rendering" DocBook documents in InDesign seems unapproachable,
> maybe we could use InDesign merely as a design tool for FO stylesheet?
> I found this from RenderX:
> http://www.renderx.com/tools/inx2fo.html
> It can convert InDesign document to FO... which may be useful to aid
> designing the FO stylesheet? But again, due to DocBook's XSL-FO
> stylesheet complexity.... this gives me the creeps also.
> Please advise or share your experiences... Thank you.
> -- 
> Hendy Irawan
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