Our layout technology is now able to create complex layouts, such as those used in textbooks, largely automatically. We are currently working on several projects in this area.
Of course the technology uses XML - especially DITA 1.3 - as a popular format, which is often used for the media-neutral presentation of textbook content.
The portamis LA Engine is used to define the page content for textbooks. We decide on the arrangement of tasks and exercises according to topological rules based on length and accuracy of fit. The heart of the technology is the creation of an IDML at the end of the automatic process. Using an example InDesign document that defines the styles and page templates, the user can influence the final appearance of the publication.
Topological rules and the creation of final formats are largely independent. This makes it possible to create layouts for formats other than book pages according to the same rules.
At the end of the process, the user can do the final finishing adjustments in InDesign. Our layout memory technology is even able to make these manual changes reusable, so that the changes are automatically adopted in later publications.