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Old 11-16-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default Latex style DTP with XML or similar

Hallo together,

i come from webdesign and often make layouts directly in html without using photoshop or illustrator as a imidiate step. i also dont like verry expensive tools like quark and indesign.
so i was searching for a good way to write a print layout in text form like i do it with html and css. i came across different things.

1. Latex: Latex seems verry good for dissertations and other academic readings with not so much graphical requirments.

2. XSL-FO: XSL-Fo uses XML syntax to describe the structure of print documents and cann easily transformed to pdf documents. it knows a better way to handle graphics. My problem with this that its XML style syntax is a little bit hard to write by hand. it seems more to be for machinable documents.

So my idea is to create a new xml like syntax which is more easy to write and more intuitive.

i am thinking about a style lsimilar to html documents (pseudo syntax):

<page id="page-type-1">
<text id="headline">
<text id="continuous-text">
<svg src="svg/graphic.svg"></svg>

What do you think about this? Do you know a better way to do this? Another textlanguage. Or maybe you like my idea and have improvement suggestions.
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