Re: [XSL-FO] Antenna house download
- Thank you for your thorough response!
One question with regards to your comment:
Both can produce PDF directly or produce PostScript with PDFMark for producing PDFs with hyperlinks and bookmarks.
What do you mean PostScript with PDFMark for producing PDFs with hyperlinks and bookmarks?
Can I not directly create a PDF with hyperlinks and bookmarks without going to PostScript?
I have noticed, I think it was a Cartwright example go from XML to XSL:FO to Postscript and then to PDF .. and I was wondering why they would have created in interim PostScript file and then gone to PDF. Any comments?
----- Original Message -----
From: W. Eliot Kimber
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2003 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: [XSL-FO] Antenna house download
Doris Ferrarese wrote:
> I was doing the same thing last week ... what are your thoughts on
> the 2 products, or anyone else's that has reviewed them both?
Both tools are quite good. Antenna House is a bit more complete WRT to
the FO spec but both are comparable in terms of the functionality needed
to render high-quality documents. Both provide comparable extensions for
things like indexing and PDF generation.
Until Antenna House releases their *nx version, XEP is the only
full-featured choice for non-Windows environments and is the only
full-featured pure-Java product (although XSL Formatter 2.4 does provide
a basic Java API).
The products differ slightly in their typographic results--this is one
area where the FO spec allows significant leway for implementation
differences but both produce comparable results. With the latest XEP
release both products appear to provide almost identical implementations
of FO features, meaning that you can have style sheets that will produce
almost identical results from both products.
Because it can use Windows plug-ins, XSL Formatter on Windows offers a
few features XEP doesn't yet, such as support for SVG (throught the
Adobe SVG plugin), CGM (through IsoView and one other, I think), and MathML.
Both can produce PDF directly or produce PostScript with PDFMark for
producing PDFs with hyperlinks and bookmarks.
XSL Formatter supports a larger range of national languages, having
implemented both Thai and Arabic glyph shaping, but otherwise XEP and
XSL Formatter are comparable in their support for a wide variety of
The support offered by both RenderX and Antenna House has so far been
exemplary, with rapid and helpful responses to bugs and feature requests.
If you need a non-Windows solution or a pure Java solution, XEP is the
clear choice. If you need a Windows solution with SVG or CGM support,
then XSL Formatter is your only choice at the moment, and otherwise has
a slight edge, but the two products are otherwise essentially
XEP very generously offers a free academic license.
W. Eliot Kimber, eliot@...
Consultant, ISOGEN International
1016 La Posada Dr., Suite 240
Austin, TX 78752 Phone: 512.656.4139
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