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Re: wysiwyg tool to assist with the creation of xsl-fo stylesheets?

From: Glen Mazza <gmazza@apache.org>
Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 19:32:42 -0400
To: www-xsl-fo@w3.org
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Olivier Lefevre wrote:

> 
> Subject says it all. Is there such a beast? Could be commercial or open 
> source.
> 

I believe that would be defeating the purpose of using XSL/XSLT, which 
emphasizes declarative report or document generation over visual 
methods.  Once a person gets used to this method, I can't imagine 
him/her wanting to go back to a WYSIWYG environment.  Further, many of 
the benefits of XSLT, such as factoring out common formatting or 
template creation[1], would be much more difficult to realize in a 
WYSIWYG environment that generates the XSL FO for you.

But I think the Eclipse BIRT project (business reporting tools) uses XSL 
internally while hiding that from the user, so that is a project you may 
wish to look at.

Glen

[1] http://xml.sys-con.com/read/40601.htm
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