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Re: xsl-fo first anniversary

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 12:38:24 +0100
Message-Id: <200210181138.MAA28067@penguin.nag.co.uk>
To: e.bischoff@noos.fr
CC: www-xsl-fo@w3.org


> I'm thinking in particular at internationalization.

Ah yes tex does show its ascii bias at times. An awful lot of work over
the years has been done to hide that and produce workable systems for a
variety of languages, including Asian languages with large character
sets and right to left languages however I'm not going to argue with you
that if the tex installation that you acquire isn't set uo for your
language "out of the box" then figuring out how to extend it can be a
black art.

Longer term if tex is to survive I am sure a native unicode version
will be needed. As you may know there is an experimental system "omega"
that is essentially a native unicode tex. We'll see what happens...


> Also, I have noticed that the learning curve is easier with XSL-FO than with 
> LaTex for complete beginners 

can't comment on that. I thought people just grew up with latex, saying
latex is complicated is like saying English is complicated, it's probably
true but I don't really remember learning either....

> Of course, if you do mathematics in US English

or even English English:-)

David

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