Re: XSL-FO Does it have the guts?

Subject: Re: XSL-FO Does it have the guts?
From: "Chuck White" <chuck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 14:30:18 -0700
I'm not sure we should be comparing XSL to Quark, since Quark is a processor
that outputs to printer languages like Postscript. You might want to ask
Quark if they plan on support for outputting XSL someday, though.

Does XSL have the power of Postscript? Again, not the greatest comparison
(the vector markups seem more akin to Postscript to me than is XSL). How
about RTF? I've never seen what that looks like raw, but I bet it's a better
comparison. And I bet XSL stacks up well. 
Chuck White
Creative Director
Advance Recruitment Advertising, Inc.

>From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: Re: XSL-FO Does it have the guts?
>Date: Tue, May 25, 1999, 1:39 PM

>>I buy into the *concept* that XSL will be able to publish to more than
>>one media with the same source and formatting language, and I think
>>Leventhal misses the point that XML is all about looking beyond the
>>web.  Does the set of flow objects currently in the XSL spec have enough
>>power for publishing?  On the continuum from 'easy' to 'hard' publishing
>>jobs, what will XSL be able to address?
>I've just finished working through the XSL spec in great detail, and I feel
>pretty confident that I could write style sheets to handle any or all of my
>own books using the current draft.  Needless to say the software that could
>turn my XSL into actual printed pages isn't there yet, but the language
>looks powerful enough for most uses.  The only things I see that the
>Quark-heads would likely miss are:
>1. Non-rectangular areas
>2. Arbitrary rotation of areas
>Is there anything else one can imagine doing in Quark that isn't plausible
>in XSL?
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