XML for cross-application portability

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Jan 24, 2021

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A naïve question, I suspect, but on the one hand we have FrameMaker with a "save as XML" option, on the other hand we have InDesign with an "Import XML" option. Are these two visions of XML on speaking terms?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 25, 2021

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Not necessarily because XML is just a way of defining markup for content. As a simple example, consider these two XML snippets:

<book>
  <title>War and Peace</title>
  <author>The Guy that Wrote It</author>
</book>
<contact>
  <title>Mr.</title>
  <firstName>Frank</firstName>
  <lastName>Jones</lastName>
</contact>

Both of them have a <title> element, but they mean two different things, depending on how the structure was designed. The structure of an XML document is usually specified in a DTD or schema.

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Good! that actually confirms my suspicions, as well as making perfect sense.

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