InDesign and XML

InDesign CS3 is being touted for its XML capabilities. It’s an interesting concept, especially, I suppose, for publishing repetitive documents like newsletters and journals, since the container and the content could be kept separate. And I guess you could have print and electronic (web) documents that looked nearly the same, without the limitations of pdf.

Does anyone (hello, India, Ink.) have any experience with this?

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  1. No, sorry! The latest NY InDesign User Group meeting was all about XML, but I . . . blew it off. The presenter made a PDF tutorial, though.

  2. An overview of the process and its limitations for use as an XML composition application are in the STC powerpoint slides on my website This presentation is aimed mostly at tecnical writers. A more in-depth view of what InDesign CS2/CS3 can do with XML import and export can be found in my O’Reilly Short Cut “XML Publishing with InDesign CS2+” at
    Send questions to my email and I’ll try to answer them in a timely manner.