Efficient "XML-first" on-screen reviewing
Xmplar advocates an XML-first workflow for all editing. This means that when we convert a word processing document to XML at the start of a job, it stays in XML right through to the final typesetting stage. It is a very efficient way of working with XML documents, because no time is wasted trying to convert XML content to a word processing format then back again just to take in edits from an author. An XML-first workflow relies on authors having XML authoring software—which is why we also liaise with clients to help implement XML technology as part of every publishing job. We provide authors with brief demonstration training in the software for every publishing job.
The figure* below shows the screen layout of an XML editing package. It has the feel and functionality of a WYSIWYG word processor, so authors immediately feel comfortable using it.
Like a word processor, our XML editor handles "track changes". Authors can switch on the track changes mode by clicking an icon in the toolbar, then review any text or images to finalise the document. There is even a commenting function that highlights text and includes details on who made the comment, and when, as shown in the figure* below.
* Source of text: Steffen W, Burbidge AA, Hughes L, Kitching R, Lindenmayer D, Musgrave W, Stafford Smith M and Werner PA (2009) Australia’s biodiversity and climate change. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.