Subject: Re: [xsl] FO Comparison to HTML and PDF|
From: "Raul Rodriguez" <raulnyc@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 14:19:18 -0500
From: "Christopher R. Maden" <crism@xxxxxxxxx> Reply-To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: [xsl] FO Comparison to HTML and PDF Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 01:50:52 -0800
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1
At 03:43 31-10-2001, Raul Rodriguez wrote: >I am putting together a white paper advocating FO to be used in our >products and services. For the layperson, I wrote a section called, "How >Does FO Compare to PDF and HTML?" and made this scale diagram > > >Content <=====================================> Fidelity > | | | > HTML FO PDF
I'm not entirely clear on what your aim is. Are you pitching FO as a content preparation or storage format? If so, I think that's a terrible idea; in some ways, it combines the worst elements of HTML and PDF, as your control isn't total but you don't have any meaning present.
While there is nothing to stop you from using FO that way, FO is really intended to be used, as the XSL Recommendation suggests, with XML source documents and XSLT. What this really gives the management is HTML *and* PDF at the same time - the XML source can drive creation of both output formats, and more, as needed.
As a delivery format, FO is somewhat useless, as there are very few native rendering implementations; generally, FO is processed into PDF (and possibly thence to print) for final human consumption.
So I might suggest a different diagram, with a different approach:
Content =================================> Delivery | | XML --------XSLT--------FO----> PDF |---------------> HTML |---------------> text |---------------> database
The real selling point (and I realize I'm preaching almost entirely to the choir here) is that semantic markup (e.g., XML) describes your data in a content-neutral way. Binding the presentation later means that not only can you get multiple output formats more easily, but it also means that changing those outputs is much easier. If the house style changes, a modification to one stylesheet can produce the new style across the board, rather than running laborious search-and-replace efforts on many documents.
As far as page fidelity goes - when it's important, it's important, and marketing collateral is often best created in PageMaker or Illustrator.
[I'm a bit surprised to see only one other reply to this. Perhaps they all went off-list as being a bit off-topic... I'll take my chances.] - -- Christopher R. Maden, Principal Consultant, HMM Consulting Int'l, Inc. DTDs/schemas - conversion - ebooks - publishing - Web - B2B - training <URL: http://www.hmmci.com/ > <URL: http://crism.maden.org/consulting/ > PGP Fingerprint: BBA6 4085 DED0 E176 D6D4 5DFC AC52 F825 AFEC 58DA -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP Personal Privacy 6.5.8
iQA/AwUBO+Ea/KxS+CWv7FjaEQJAnQCdGmQAKdp4x8uQ+w5AxuCAzmqQmDcAnAiX Oz0jNpYDo1Gbc+torwiUCxcI =+fWd -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
_________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp