It is interesting to hear that proponents of TEI are unsure about TEI
From my simple point of view TEI offers several advantages over e.g. pdf
and html in web-publishing:
fast browsing; excellent indexing; document structure
is evident; nice and flexible layout; predictable cut’n paste;
displayed lower quality images can be linked to high quality versions.
Now these advantages seem to some extent to be offset by a laborious
production procedure. (TEI benefits should really be more explicitly
outlined on the TEI home page.)
Regarding Indesign (CS5) I feel that the export possibilities (xhtml,
epub and pdf) are unsatisfactory. Out of the box only pdf-exports
delivers something that resembles the original print proof.
Having said that you should know that I have worked with software,
computers and networks since the late sixties but that I am totally
illiterate regarding layout, typography, printing and web-publishing. The
reason for my interest in TEI is the result of browsing the internet for
attractive publishing formats.
Professor emeritus Håkan Elmqvist
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences & Technology
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE, Novum, 141 57 Huddinge, Sweden