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

On 3/22/07, Bob Stayton <bobs@sagehill.net > wrote:
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.

I'm currently learning from the PDF documentation provided by Adobe. For now it seems that their XML feature isn't as sophisticated as would be required for this kind of task. :-(

It may be just easier to render to HTML first then import the resulting HTML... :-(

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.

Yep, I agree with you fully.

I have no complaints with writing DocBook documents. What I'm trying to do is easier way to design rich XSL-FO stylesheet(s) for our DocBook documents.

Editing XSL-FO stylesheets manually is very complex and painful. I wonder whether a visual tool such as InDesign can be used somewhere in the toolchain...

Hendy Irawan
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