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Using XML as the lowest common denominator mark-up language across media helps in this, but it is important to choose solutions suitable for a given application. For the average user of a cross-media application, be it a journalist, editor or designer, it should not be necessary to know about XML coding or programming, any more than a designer or prepress operator needs to know about Postscript programming. The software and databases should use XML in the background, gently hidden from the normal user but offering the power and functionality the production system requires.
It is unlikely that we can use one database for everything – instead we need to be skilled in connecting and combining several databases, with easy-to-use interfaces between the different databases in our production workflow. Management Most printing projects begin with some type of cost estimate, be it budgeting on the information systems publisher’s side, or a request for a quote received at the printing house. The calculation (MIS) of time needed for the project, and its overall cost, has long been done using computers essentially as advanced calculators.
In 2007 the IPTC organisation, together with IDEAlliance (a US publishing industry organisation, with both user and vendor members) and Adobe, plans to launch the IPTC Core. This is a formatting schema to use within the XMP framework and it will hopefully streamline the use of metadata attached to images, and provide much easier transfer of images, including their metadata, between different DAM systems. As of today there are many proprietary additions to the original IPTC standard, which can cause halts to file transfers, and this is what the IPTC Core is intended to correct.