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

From: Steve Whitlatch <swhitlat@getnet.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 19:50:18 -0700
To: gsmith@oxfam.org.uk, www-xsl-fo@w3.org, www-xsl-fo-request@w3.org
Message-Id: <200604051950.19192.swhitlat@getnet.net>

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

In the professional software category, for use _almost_ exclusively with 
Arbortext Editor, there is the Arbortext Styler product. Styler can export an 
XSL-FO stylesheet with or without Arbortext extensions. I've used Styler to 
produce XLS-FO stylesheets for print and to produce XSL-FO stylesheets that 
get translated to FOSI for a document's online "edit-view" within Arbortext 
Editor. Styler worked great, excepting a very few bugs that PTC Arbortext 
promised to fix in the next release (footnotes, some XPath difficulties, 
other minor issues). That release has been available now for a few weeks as 
Arbortext Editor 5.2. I have not yet tried version 5.2. 

In the open source world, strictly for creating DocBook XSL-FO stylesheets 
using the DocBook XSL package, and it's not exactly WYSIWYG, you can point 
and click through a Java GUI that outputs an XSL-FO stylesheet suitable for 
use as a DocBook XSL customization layer. It's an open-source application 
called DocBook XSL Configurator, available at:

It's useful for people leraning DocBook and DocBook XSL.

Steve Whitlatch

Received on Thursday, 6 April 2006 02:42:23 UTC

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