The editors and typesetters at my organization are not very computer savvy, so I don't think they would be interested in editing in LaTeX or XML directly. However, we are interested in pursuing a structured format on the front end since Microsoft Word is a real pain to work with.
Our current workflow goes something like this:
Author Editor Converter -> Typesetters -> Export -> Ebook formats Microsoft Word -> Styling in Word -> XML -> InDesign -> XML -> -> Export -> Printer -> PDF ->
What are some good options for providing a front end for our editors/typesetters that is structured (XML, DocBook, LaTeX), but not difficult for someone without a lot of computer knowledge to get a handle on?
It's imperative that it be very reliable. There are way too many solutions that only work some of the time.