Written by Super User
Publishers, publishers’ service providers and training institutions all manage complex editorial workflows. When aiming at publishing content in both print and digital form, it is critical for all stakeholders to efficiently manage core data (text, images, links, …). An efficient data management either by storing data as XML in a content management system (CMS) or database is indispensable to ease up production requirements for multi-channels content distribution. Turning data into print is mostly handled by software products like InDesign. Yet when it comes to EPUB 3 production, there are only a few alternatives, which turn out to be quite basic and rough, mostly because styles, layout and other digital specifications have not been correctly approached in data transformation processes like XSLT, which perform well only with simple documents but show limitations when dealing with complex structures and layouts.