XML-First Workflow (XML-In)
Simply converting data from one format to another is a time-consuming and costly process. This especially poses a huge challenge, in industries like aerospace, where regulations are stringent and there is a need for high degree of data accuracy. On top of it, the data conversion process must ensure zero data loss, output in several formats, and well-structured output.
XML (Extensible Markup Language) is used in technical information communications to mainly author and manage structured data. The data follows a hierarchy and the data components are described using XML elements and attributes. Although XML is plain text, you can lay emphasis on the content with underline, bold or italic characteristics. XML can be used stored in a CMS or used on a file system.
Besides using XML for technical content, it can be used to distribute news feeds, communicate with web services, report stock market prices & financial trends, describe graphic formats like Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), etc. XML workflow makes it easy for publishers to output content quickly in multiple digital formats like PDF, HTML, ePub, etc., automate processes, repurpose content in other channels like websites, databases, catalogs, etc., scale the services and publications and preserve the content for future.