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Re: xsl-fo first anniversary

From: W. Eliot Kimber <eliot@isogen.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 09:12:36 -0500
Message-ID: <3DAC2254.6050501@isogen.com>
To: www-xsl-fo@w3.org

Oleg Tkachenko wrote:
 > Hello!
 > xsl-fo is 1 year old now, congratulations to editors, implementors,
 > developers and users!

Absolutely! Here's what I say in my XML 2002 paper on the subject of
using XSL FO for production use (discussing ISOGEN's recent experience 
in the context of my 15-year dream of doing print production from 
structured markup):

"There were some tense moments along the way, and a few late nights, but 
I can report that we were successful in developing an FO-based solution 
that does everything we need it to, at a lower implementation cost, 
lower software cost, and lower maintenance cost, than the system we 
replaced. At the time of writing, October 2002, all technical issues 
relating to the formatting requirements and the functionality of the FO 
implementation used have been resolved (and all but a couple small 
issues had been resolved by May of 2002) and the system is ready for 
production use. From this experience I am confident not only that XSL FO 
can be safely used to do high-quality print production of XML documents 
but that it is without question a superior solution to anything I have 
used in the past, as long as you can satisfy your page layout requirements."

Congratulations to the XSL FO working group for having produced a 
specification of remarkable value and clarity. For many of the members 
of the working group it represents the culimination of at least two 
decades of very hard and trying work toward this goal.


W. Eliot Kimber, eliot@isogen.com
Consultant, ISOGEN International

1016 La Posada Dr., Suite 240
Austin, TX  78752 Phone: 512.656.4139
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