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Re: xsl-fo first anniversary

From: Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.ox.ac.uk>
Date: 18 Oct 2002 17:02:04 +0100
To: Éric Bischoff <e.bischoff@noos.fr>
Cc: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>, www-xsl-fo@w3.org
Message-Id: <1034956924.3109.2.camel@spqr-dell>

On Fri, 2002-10-18 at 14:00, Éric Bischoff wrote:

> > > 	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?

yes. FOP is a typesetting engine. thats my point. FOP remains a
bit unfinished

> > 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?

yes, I am sure. but do you really say its easier to learn
raw FO than LaTeX?

> > > 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.

er, not sure I grok this gnomic statement

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

indeed. but I dont recall anything in eg PassiveTeX which forces
me to confront TeX's memory handling
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