RE: [XSL-FO] Is this a job for XSLT/FO
- Yes, off of the FO topic, but my point was not that the scripting controls
the GUI (it merely feels like it does), but that this is a fundamentally
GUI-based app that is difficult to use for server-side apps because it for
example must open up a client-side instance of the application in order to
run a scripted process. What I would like to see from Adobe is a
composition engine that can run without opening up a window. Something like
FOP or Xyvision. They have the composition angle down cold; InDesign is
awesome in terms of its composition, but it is a client-side app. I will
continue the InDesign-specific discussion in the forum as you suggest.
On the FO topic are two questions:
1. Why Adobe hasn't put effort towards an FO implementation, assuming they
haven't. Does anyone know anything about this?
2. How difficult/possible would it be to write a program that would
translate an FO file into InDesign instructions/tagged text (or output to
another non-native FO composition engine)?
From: letsgo@... [mailto:letsgo@...]
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2001 3:20 PM
Subject: Re: [XSL-FO] Is this a job for XSLT/FO
At 10:46 AM 6/11/01, Max Dunn wrote:
>Currently I'm working with InDesign from programming/script. It'sThis is a little off topic but I had to respond to the comment.
>wonderfully scriptable, all of the objects can be accessed, and many
>great things can be done programatically. But so much is on the
>terms of the GUI, it is like run this menu command, work with this
>"selected" object, or whatever. I think they would have been far
>better off to have a core server-side app and call it from a GUI
>rather than have any server-side functionality as an afterthought,
>and then often having to go through the GUI paradigm.
I'm not sure why you think that InDesign scripting controls the GUI.
It doesn't. It is not possible to select menus from a script. And
while InDesign provides a way to get/set/control what is selected,
your script can just as easily iterate over objects without them
Head over the InDesign scripting forum if you'd like to discuss this
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