XML round trip with InDesign

Subject: XML round trip with InDesign
From: Lech Rzedzicki <xchaotic -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 11:08:13 +0100

Hi.

Has anyone been successful with defining a workflow with InDesign
where they import XML into it, changes are made and they are later
exported for other outputs?
The very reason InDesign is used, is that Print output is very
design-heavy (and actually quite beatiful), so quite a few bespoke
layout changes are made to text imported from XML, which ultimately
makes it separate from the single-sourced master and disconnects that
version from our other outputs (web, iPhone, Kindle etc).

What I would want to do at the least, is for any text changes that are
made in InDesign to be imported back to the master source...
I can not change the fact that people apply the changes in InDesign,
but what I can is perhpas make them to use an XML editor so that they
edit and re-import the master instead?

In any case I would love to hear from anyone who uses a similar
workflow, on or off-list.

Thanks,

Lech
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