Re: About the source library

Subject: Re: About the source library
From: Ron Ross <ronross@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 04:22:24 -0400 (EDT)
On Thu, 6 May 1999, Avi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Going on-screen means there no longer is a file format. The FOT, instead
> of being translated into text or binary byte strings, is translated into
> the native API of whatever is doing the display. The ability to change
> window width dynamically also affects rendering.

Phew! I believe this goes some way toward explaining another poster's
query about what "SVG" means. Does this mean that the only way for another
party to "get" this output is by regenerating the FOT through an
SGML/DSSSL(or XSL) setup? The prospect is still exciting, but will not
always be viable, simply because the mainstream software isn't anywhere
near there yet (with the possible exception of the latest browser
technology -- such as the Mozilla browser, whenever it comes out of the

>> nearly all my clients require editable documents, documents they
> Editing generated documents is evil. What do they do when the source
> changes?

The source, in a business environment, is often bound to the situation,
the situation that provided me with the source document to translate, and
then the changing situations that affect the use of the document I
provide. I am sometimes called upon to change the source of my own
document and regenerate it, but often it's out of my hands. The client
expects to have a document they can put to various uses.

> I think your requirements are conflicting.

Possibly. Or there is simply a choice of procedures to follow according to
the situation.


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