Re: (dsssl) Character-Styles in RTF

Subject: Re: (dsssl) Character-Styles in RTF
From: Gershon L Joseph <gershon@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 13:49:28 +0200 (Jerusalem Standard Time)

The RTF back-end supports only local formatting - no styles. We would
probably have to modify the back-end to support this, and none of the
developers sees this as an important issue (me included). The reason is
that the RTF output is indended for ouput, i.e. delivery of the XML in a
human-readable format. The RTF output is not intended to provide
interchange between XML/SGML and Word, such that authors could readily
continue to work with the document in Word.

I use Omnimark to go from XML/SGML to RTF with paragraph and character
styles, but with Omnimark's change in product and pricing policy, you have
to pay for the latest version, and it's a GUI-only (not batch) product
unless you purchase a server, which is much more expensive...

Sorry, not the answer you hoped for, but HTH.


On Tue, 15 May 2001, Lukas Pietsch wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm storing some documents in XML and I'm using Jade to output them in
> either RTF or Html. I wonder if it is possible to make Jade export some
> formatting information in the form of RTF "character-styles" (with entries
> in an RTF \stylesheet) instead of mere font formatting commands.
> I'm quite new to DSSSL and Jade; sorry if I'm asking something obvious. I
> checked the archive and I'm aware that back in 1999 some people were
> discussing this, saying it was not possible. I just wondered if any
> progress has been made on this. It would be a nice feature to have,
> wouldn't it?
> The reason I'd like to use it is that some elements in my XML typically
> contain Unicode characters that are provided for in only very few fonts
> (for instance IPA characters occurring marked by a <phon> element), so I'd
> like to have some control over the choice of font in the display, but at
> the same time not lose the structural information. I've managed it in html
> output using a <span> element.
> Thanks a lot,
> Lukas Pietsch
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