7066Re: [XSL-FO] Why XSL-FO? Any WYSIWYG tools?
- Dec 23, 2005At 2005-12-23 10:34 -0800, you wrote:
>I've invested a lot of time in XSL-FO. It works forWonderful!
>me. I really have no complaints.
>I typically generate documents that range from 2,000Kewl!
>to 3,000pages using FOP.
>I don't even know if my usersOh, absolutely it is ... not only possible, but viable *when* you
>can open a document that large in OpenOffice. However,
>putting desktop memory limitations and processing
>power aside, wouldn't it be theoretically possible to
>publish everything in ODF?
want to have the result of your transformation in a revisable form
(and there are projects where that is, indeed, necessary).
>We would still need only one person to develop theAbsolutely.
>XSLT to transform our data to ODF rather than XSL-FO.
>Of course, in August 2004, ODF had not beenI totally agree ... especially hearing that a number of vendors are
>standardized and was probably not a good idea to
>publish in what was an unstable format. However, I
>don't think that the same can not be said now.
announcing they are or will support ODF. I gather it is as
unencumbered as XSL-FO.
>I'm not suggesting that XSL-FO has outlived itsNot just "business applications" but anywhere where you are doing
>usefulness especially when you and others have
>testified to the fact that XSL-FO has been
>successfully implemented in a number of business
>applications, including my own, five years running.
>Additionally, ODF incorporates XSL-FO formatting
>semantics. It wouldn't do that if XSL-FO were
final-form pagination without needing a revisable form.
>However, with the advent of ODF, I can't think of anyIndeed ... and I agree it is the format of choice when needing to
>reason why you or I can not engineer our future
>applications entirely in ODF or why we could not have
>built any existing applications in ODF if it had been
>available at the time as a standard. Since ODF
>leverages XSL-FO, we wouldn't even be throwing away
>any of our existing skills.
transform XML into a revisable form. Think of the Open/SaveAs uses
of XSLT in OOo:
As part of the UBL project I'm playing with what it would take to
implement Open/SaveAs from and to UBL in ODF ... because the
revisable form is what is needed for data entry. That doesn't at all
negate the need for final-form publishing of static forms as
implemented by the free UBL stylesheets we make available from our web site.
And as Eric describes in his paper, OOo makes everything modular such
that you can package the Open/SaveAs XSLT transforms as a JAR.
. . . . . . . . . . . Ken
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