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Re: xsl-fo first anniversary

From: Éric Bischoff <e.bischoff@noos.fr>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 15:00:31 +0200
To: Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.ox.ac.uk>
Cc: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>, www-xsl-fo@w3.org
Message-Id: <200210181500.31609.e.bischoff@noos.fr>

Le Friday 18 October 2002 14:37, Sebastian Rahtz a écrit:
> On Fri, 2002-10-18 at 12:24, Éric Bischoff wrote:
> > This is why I've dropped the idea to do
> > 	SGML DocBook + DSSSL => Jadetex => PDF
> > quite some time ago. Instead now my preferred way is
> > 	XML DocBook + XSLT => FO => PDF
> You seem to have missed out a step here. what takes from from FO to PDF?

FOP for example does it directly, doesn't it?

The renderer I'm currently writing with Arved Sandstrom is also supposed to do 
it with no intermediary (xsl-fo-proc project).

> some typesetting engine is involved at that point, and it must
> be able to do the full gamut of writing directions etc. I know XEP
> and Antenna House are getting better, but, unless I am mistaken, the
> open source FO engines are not adequate to the job yet.

This assertion unfortunately no one can contest, although that's not _that_ 

> the learning curve to learn what? you surely dont teach people to write
> XSL FO in an editor?

Why not, sorry, if it matches some needs?

> so you teach them XSLT transformation to XSL FO
> vocabulary? in which case you are teaching a rather different skill.

I do agree.

> > cryptic! and sometimes it is needed only because of the ageing software
> > architecture, like the static memory allocation techniques.
> hard to see where these are relevant, to be honest, in this area

Burned IT time = lost money.

Don't forget that not everyone has your deep knowledge of TeX customization, 

Linux produces remarkedly less hot air than Windows: under
Windows, the processor gets hot after just a few minutes.
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