Summary: There is no magic bullet.
The presenter spoke about an inherent conflict between structured content and desktop publishing. That’s an interesting way of phrasing it that I hadn’t seen before.
There are several ways to work with XML and InDesign:
- InDesign Exchange format (INX): The INX exchange format produces 18,000 lines of XML for a four-page InDesign document. Hehe.
- Adobe Tagged Text: It’s not XML, but it’s tagged, and might get you started.
- Manual or semi-automated tagging: reasonable features, but well…manual
This is followed by a lengthy demo of the InDesign XML features. If you need details, try the InDesign and XML Technical Reference white paper (which I wrote a while ago).