(dsssl) DSSSL primer?

Subject: (dsssl) DSSSL primer?
From: janusz.prusaczyk@xxxxxx
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 11:22:31 +0200
I did try to use OpenJade before with some simple files, with some success.
But that time my files were in different Windows encodings and I did not
know how to make Jade accept them, so I used XSL.

Yesterday I downloaded HyBrick and I thought it is good opportunity to learn
more about DSSSL. So I have a few questions:

1.	Is there some kind of primer/handbook/specification of DSSSL
available for downloading?
2.	Now all my files are in UTF-8 encoding. Tony Graham explains that
you need to set system 
	variable SP_ENCODING to UTF-8 to process such files. Anything else
one should know about
	working with such encoded files?
3.	I am using different scripts, mostly Chinese, some Hebrew and
Arabic. Is it any problem?
	(I mean having the glyphs correctly displayed, and right to left
direction handling.
	Target format will be RTF and MIF.)
4.	I am going to use some home made true type fonts encoded in user
area of unicode (it is 
	going to be cuneiform)? Will Jade process it?
5.	Is DSSSL offering means of typesetting in top-to-bottom direction?
(Mongolian in Uighur 
	script) Or maybe combining glyphs in groups (Something like egyptian
hieroglyphs - they 
	are written from right to left, or from left to right, but some of
them are placed over 
	others, sometimes glyphs cross each other)? I know this is stupid
question, as RTF or MIF 
	do not allow such things, (do they? But for example TeX, postscript
do allow this.) but 
	maybe somebody who has something wise to tell on this subject will
use this question as

Best regards,	

  Janusz David Prusaczyk
  tel. +48 (22) 657 57 48

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