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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] RFE: roundtripping to/from adobe IDML

I work with several publishing clients, and I think this would be 
absolutely welcomed! One of the main complaints I hear is a lack of 
control over the look and feel with XSL-FO. With this approach, I think 
many would be more willing to adopt single source DocBook, as they would 
then have a way to control look and feel for print output in InDesign, 
while also able to generate HTML, ePub, etc. formats from the same 
source XML.

Best regards,


Scott Hudson
Senior XML Architect

On 19-Mar-10 9:15 AM, Giuseppe Bonelli wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to ask the docbook community if there is any interest in
> a new set of XSLT for rountripping between docbook and Adobe Indesign
> CS4+.
> Altough InDesign is non an open solution, Adobe ha opened up its
> InDesign file format by introducing IDML, IMHO an extremely well
> thought xml rapresentation of the InDesign object model and this
> simple fact opened up new options for implementing new kind of xml
> workflows.
> A rountripping solution wolud be extremely useful in many traditional
> workflows, where is desiderable/more confortable to have the
> possibility to edit interactively a paginated XML content, instead of
> relying on a batch pagination process based on FO. Particularly in the
> traditional publishing industry, this roundtripping scenario would
> grately helps the adoption of docbook based XML workflows.
> As a reference, here are the links to the relevant IDML specs:
> http://www.adobe.com/devnet/indesign/pdfs/indesign_cs4_idml_readme.pdf
> http://www.adobe.com/devnet/indesign/pdfs/idml-cookbook.pdf
> http://www.adobe.com/devnet/indesign/pdfs/idml-specification.pdf
> Disclaimer
> I do not have any connection with Adobe.
> regards,
> __peppo
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