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Separating Content and Form

Separating Content and Form

The basic concept of XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is that your content (the words and pictures that make up your documents) and the form that content takes should be two separate things.

For example, let's say you have a magazine article written in Microsoft Word and four different QuarkXPress documents. You could use Get Text to pour the article into all four templates to get four very different looks (perhaps one in color, one in black and white, one Web document, and one for print). If you were careful in your use of style sheets (again, see Chapter 7, Copy Flow), then the text would automatically be formatted properly (and differently) for each template.


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