29 Theme 5 – Workflow in the digital environment


Digital technology can be a highly disruptive force in the publishing work-place as its adoption requires a change in the work-flow practices of established houses. Using ‘traditional’ means to publish digital content is possible but does not take full advantage of the technology, and in many ways can create delays and inferior products. This chapter addresses the ways in which workflow is affected.


  • Explain the influence of XML as a publishing tool.
  • Cite examples of contemporary publishers’ practices.
  • Explain how bottle-necks occur in publishing systems.
  • Explain the principles of single-source publishing.


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