XML and InDesign
Stylish Structure: Publishing XML with Adobe InDesign
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2013
Pages: 148

Discover the power of XML publishing with InDesign, and create content for multiple applications—including digital-first publishing workflows. With this book, XML evangelist Dorothy Hoskins teaches you several techniques for working with the built-in XML capabilities of InDesign CS6, using real examples from a college course-catalog project.

Learn how to import database content into InDesign, and tag existing InDesign content as XML for export to other applications. InDesign also lets you apply attractive styling to XML content that can’t be done with XSL-FO. Through step-by-step instructions, code examples, and lots of screen shots, you’ll discover how using XML with InDesign increases the value of your content.

  • Get an overview of structured (XML) content
  • Learn InDesign’s XML import options, including XML image information
  • Mingle XML and non-XML content in a text flow
  • Use InDesign as an XML "skin" by making templates with new style definitions
  • Put content in "XML order" for export to EPUB, with InDesign CS5.5 and CS6
  • Dive into advanced topics, such as how to transform XML with XSL
  • Understand InDesign’s potential and limitations with complex content models such as DocBook and DITA
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    • Not comprehensive enough

    Best Uses

    • Should Have Been Easier

    Comments about oreilly XML and InDesign:

    I was very disappointed with the book and the sample code. I am afraid that i feel that I wasted my money on what I thought was going to be an introduction to XML and InDesign. The subject was made a great deal harder by not supplying the code used in the book.

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    Example Code Disappointing

    By dracos

    from Chicago, IL

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    • Concise
    • Well-written


    • Example File Problems

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    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly XML and InDesign:

    While the text itself seems good, I was very disappointed to discover that the example code was a set of generic files - not the examples shown in the book, or even ones that seemed to be similar. After reading the first few chapters I think I understand the process, but it would have been much more helpful to be able to open and work through the actual examples given.

    I've come to expect much better from O'Reilly books. I'm torn if I would reccomend this title.

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    Updated through InDesign CS6

    By Narcissus

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Designer, Developer, Educator

    Comments about oreilly XML and InDesign:

    The new edition provides more XSLT examples, round-tripping discussion, issues regarding the use of DocBook and other deep content structures, and content about XML Order in epub export.

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