Interested to hear from anyone currently using XML as their main input source into the website. We have a digital content storage product called Equella and I am thinking about storing the course catalog in there, where the Provost's office can update it easily. Then we would export to XML and pull that into the website to display course information. And, hopefully also do the same with the printed catalog with Indesign. Am I being way too ambitious here? Thanks!
We aren't importing it for the web (we have a centralized curriculum management tool which handles web display as well) but we just finished our print catalog and used XML for the first time. There is a learning curve and it still required some layout work but it brought all the information with a basic format and styles applied which saved the designer some time. I plan to expland the use of the technology to a few other projects this year.
Search for the adobe ebook called "XML Publishing with Adobe InDesign" The example the author uses is actually a college catalog.
Thanks so much for the starting point Ed, I will look into the ebook. Most appreciated.