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Re: Best way to learn FOP?

From: G. Ken Holman <gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 17:03:13 -0500
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At 2002-02-01 20:42 +0000, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>On Fri, Feb 01, 2002 at 12:13:09PM -0500, G. Ken Holman wrote:
> > renditions of both of my books and the paper rendition of the XSLT/XPath
> > book were all produced using XSLFO (the paper rendition by Prentice-Hall
> > is, we think, the very first mass-produced published book whose entire
> > content was produced using XSLFO ... we just handed PDF masters created
> > using RenderX to the publisher).
>How mass-produced is mass-produced?

I was thinking books on a store shelf ... sorry I wasn't very specific 
there, I'm not sure how best to characterize that part of the business.  If 
you go into a Chapters in Canada, or a Barnes and Noble (so I'm told) in 
the U.S., it is sitting there on a shelf: an example of the success of the 
technology.  Of all the other XML books on the shelf, we thought mine was 
the only one produced using XSLFO.  I wouldn't have thought other books 
were yet written in XML to be produced using XSLFO.

Though I understand the Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been using SGML 
for years, as Yuri Rubinski used to boast about her using the 
technology.  I don't know how the typesetting was done.

>I have typeset two books for
>commercial publishers using entirely FO technology (TeX, of course),
>the first published in August 2000, the second last year.

I stand corrected ... thanks, Sebastian!  You should have spread the word 
as an accomplishment for the technology.  People ask if it is ready for 
prime time or not and I use this as an example that it is, indeed, ready 
for production use.

Can you share the titles?

.................. Ken

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