RE: [XSL-FO] Recommendations for WYSIWYG designers/editors for XSL-FO
- In answer to Hedley
These products have been around I think for about hmmmmmm 3-4 years now I
I've used both of them and they are easy to use.
They are both serious publishing tools.
InDesign CS2 has an excellent or pretty excellent anyway XML interface and
From: XSL-FO@yahoogroups.com [mailto:XSL-FO@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, 25 October 2006 10:46 PM
Subject: [XSL-FO] Recommendations for WYSIWYG designers/editors for XSL-FO
I had the notion of getting some sort of interactive graphical editor
for designing XSLT to produce FO output, sort of like the PageMaker or
InDesign for XML!
There is an old open-source app called Formatting Objects Authoring
(FOA) where you can design page layouts by drawing rectangles, then
open an XML source file and drag and drop elements, while specifying
the various typographic properties (block or inline object, indents,
etc). But it is no longer being developed and the project leader has
A number of vendors claim to offer WYSIWYG designers (Altova
Stylevision, Arbortext Styler, etc.). But I suspect that some of the
several offerings have only a code-editor pane in which you type
pretty syntax-coloured XSL and see the effect in the "WYSIWYG" pane.
Its my contention that if you are working on a predominantly visual
output -- that is, a book or form -- then a visual designer is the
I have no illusions that such visual editor can be any more than an
educational tool and that any serious work must require you to cut
some code. So, with those codicils, can anybody recommend a WYSIWYG
designer/editor for XSL-FO of the kind I have described to get me going?
After 43 years in magazine and book publishing, and technical
communication, I have at last had to face the fact that there is no
such thing as an automatic layout algorithm. There will always be the
final pre-print step of adjusting the paging -- getting rid of bad
breaks, running widows and orphans forward or back to eliminate them,
occasionally cutting text or adding padding to push page breaks
around. So is there such a thing as viewer that displays an FO file
and allows you to make these minor tweaks before generating the PDF
for the printer? I have in mind the kind of minor adjustments like
those you can make to a PDF file with Acrobat.
So how about it:
@ An interactive graphical WYSIWYG editor/designer for XSL:FO
@ An editor/viewer for tweaking FO files before PDF
I will be most grateful to learn from my betters!
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