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Re: FOA (Formatting Object Authoring tool)

From: <AndrewWatt2001@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 06:37:38 EDT
Message-ID: <116.4c470ef.28d87df2@aol.com>
To: Fabio_Giannetti@hplb.hpl.hp.com, www-xsl-fo@w3.org
In a message dated 18/09/01 10:26:50 GMT Daylight Time, 
Fabio_Giannetti@hplb.hpl.hp.com writes:

> FOA is the first XSL-FO specific authoring tool, it helps you with
> pagination, page sequences and creates the transformation elements to
> convert multiple XML content files into XSL-FO.
> Without writing any bits of XSL-T or FO, FOA will generate an XSL stylesheet
> that takes the content from multiple XML files and apply the style from
> multiple Attribute Set files accordingly to the transformation elements that
> you have defined (Bricks).
> This first version allows you to generate:
> * Pagination
>     page (size and margins)
>     header, footer, left side, right side (size, margins, borders,
> backgrounds, paddings, orientation)
>     body ( size, multicolumn, margins, borders, backgrounds, paddings,
> orientation) 
> * Page Sequences
>     simple, repeated (with first and/or last), alternating (with first
> and/or last
> * Bricks (transformation units)
>     blocks, inline sequences, external images, external links, internal
> links (requires ID)
>     lists (ordered, unordered, label and body, item+label+body
> * FO Properties
>     common font properties
>     common color properties
>     common border, padding and background properties
>     most important specific properties (keeps, breaks, spacing and
> alignment)      
> FOA is compatible with the XSL file generated by WH2FO (only 0.1.9 !!) and
> also is able to open the Attribute sets generated with WH2FO.
> FOA is available at : http://www-uk.hpl.hp.com/people/fabgia/foa/foa.html 
> There are some examples and a tutorial
> (http://www-uk.hpl.hp.com/people/fabgia/foa/tutorial/FOATutorial_files/frame
> .htm) to better understand how does it works.
>                     Thank you, Fabio.


I was interested to read of this new XSL-FO tool. Have you considered making 
the same announcement on the XSL-FO list on Yahoo Groups?

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Andrew Watt
Received on Tuesday, 18 September 2001 06:42:51 UTC

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