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

I wasn't really thinking of using InDesign as an editing tool. I was
more looking at a transform as a way to extract information from
existing documents in InDesign.

That said, you make a really good point about the actual source of text
in many (if not most) instances. Having had a brief, and positively
scary, flirtation with InDesign, I would never use it as a text editor.
While it would be nice to have an alternative to InDesign's clunky, at
best, ePub export, an export to DocBook probably isn't that alternative.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: honyk [mailto:j.tosovsky@email.cz] 
> Sent: Friday, March 19, 2010 2:52 PM
> To: 'Dick Hamilton'; docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] RFE: roundtripping to/from adobe IDML
> > While round-tripping would be interesting to those wanting use the
> > layout power of InDesign, I'd also like to see the other 
> (and I'll be
> > harder) side of the round-trip, InDesign to DocBook.
> A round-trip InDesign to DocBook is IMHO wasting of time. We 
> should realize
> that ID is not a text processor, although sometimes used this 
> way ;-) The
> main purpose is laying out pieces of text, usually imported 
> from different
> sources (word processors, databases) and later composed with 
> graphics into
> the final output. What I can imagine to round-trip is that 
> individual piece
> of text, not the final page composition. And this step can be done (if
> applicable) directly via text processor...
> Regards,
> Jan
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