7064Re: [XSL-FO] Why XSL-FO? Any WYSIWYG tools?
- Dec 23, 2005At 2005-12-23 08:55 -0800, Peter Wu wrote:
>Why not write my data out to ODF, let the users changeThat wouldn't have worked August 2004 for me when my customer used my
>it and reformat it any way they like using an open
>source tool like OpenOffice.org and then export it to
>PDF (or any other format) using the export filters
>built right into the tool?
XSL-FO stylesheets to print 3,000,000 pages in creating 60,000
customized and individualized 50-page books. Every book was unique
A large team did the database management and XML data preparation,
and another team did the printing, binding and distribution, but only
one person was needed to produce the XSLT/XSL-FO stylesheets that
were used. A group of graphic artists specified the layout and
organization of the pages by creating a prototype that was signed off
by management. From that prototype I wrote the stylesheets.
I've also heard of XSL-FO being used in the monthly production of
consumer utility bills where thousands of bills are printed on a monthly basis.
I think the general answer is that if you have a need where you "let
the users change it and reformat it any way they like using an open
source tool like OpenOffice.org" then you aren't in a position where
XSL-FO is giving any benefit and therefore it shouldn't be used.
It isn't a panacea ... I don't know anyone who claims XSL-FO solves
*every* formatting problem ... it just solves some problems very very
well. I don't know of it being used in a situation where the end of
formatting is subject to manipulation, because that surely isn't what
it was designed for.
And I can't think of a better open and unencumbered technology with
which to solve the problems it was designed for.
If you need final-form manipulation, I think ODF sounds ideal since
it is an unencumbered format soon with numerous supporting
applications and vendors.
I hope this helps.
. . . . . . . . . . . Ken
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