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Quark's XML Tools

Quark's XML Tools

I strongly applaud Quark's movement toward supporting industry-standard file formats like XML. For many publishers, XML is like a miracle that lets them repurpose their data in a myriad of ways. In the future, this kind of repurposing will become increasingly important, as people begin to shift their ideas of page-layout programs away from “here's where it all ends up” to “this is one end out of many.”

However, the XML tools that QuarkXPress 5 ships with are currently a bit problematic. In fact, given that the software has various bugs and oddities, and given that only a small percentage of QuarkXPress users will really want to take advantage of these tools, I find it somewhat mysterious that Quark's four XML XTensions are installed and activated by default. I think about 90-percent of XPress users should use the XTensions Manager to turn these off.


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