Publishing to Resolved XML versus Publishing to XML


Resolved XML is a modified version of the XML output. It allows you to process the XML further, such as into HTML5 or PDF, but can't be imported into an Author-it library. You can also linearize resolved XML by using publishing actions.

Publish to Resolved XML

Publish to XML

Contents of the output

An XML version of the book that only resolves all content. For example, variables are replaced with their applicable values.

Contains a complete set of objects that allow you to restore the book in another Author-it library.


Resolved XML asks for variant selection. It only contains the selected variants.

Contains all variants of all included objects.

Embedded topics

Embedded topics are resolved: the references to the topics in the text are replaced by the content of the referenced topics.

Embedded topics are included as separate topics.


Variables are replaced with their applicable values.

Variables are not resolved.

Import into Author-it library

Not possible, because the XML format is modified and does not follow the standard Author-it XML structure.


Can be used for further processing

Resolved XML is especially developed for further processing (HTML5, PDF).

Can only be used for further processing if the XML is transformed to a linear format.


Contains a list of the locales in your Author-it library, so you can identify the locale of the included objects. This is primarily used for single outputs that include multiple locales (for example, a product booklet that contains instructions in multiple languages).

Includes all locale variants of all included objects.