Re: Linking to stylesheets in XML
Alex Milowski writes:
> 7. Legal print documents. I must be able to deliver semantics for a XML
> document that allows a user to hit "print" and they will get a legal *print*
> document. I have many clients who absolutely need this.
But how important is page-fidelity in achieving a "legal" print
document? DSSSL does not promise page fidelity. Section 6.3.2
states, in part:
DSSSL allows enough flexibility in the specification that it is not
tied to a set of composition or formatting algorithms, i.e.,
line-breaking, page-breaking, or whitespace distribution
algortithms, used by any particular formatting system. ... The
output of the formatter, undefined in this International Standard,
is a formatted document suitable for printing and imaging.
James Clark puts it much more succintly in a slide from a presentation
No page/line fidelity (use PostScript/photocopier)
Do your clients require exactly the same results no matter which user
hits the "print" button? If so, a XML document may not satisfy them.
Tony Graham, Consultant
Mulberry Technologies, Inc. Phone: 301-231-6931
6010 Executive Blvd., Suite 608 Fax: 301-231-6935
Rockville, MD USA 20852 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org