Re: XSL-FO Does it have the guts?

Subject: Re: XSL-FO Does it have the guts?
From: Ian Hickson <py8ieh@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 23:40:55 +0100 (BST)
On Tue, 25 May 1999, Håkon Wium Lie wrote:

> Style sheets will never be able to rival DTP packages when the target
> is paper. Let me give you one example. Using DTP, you can align glyphs
> so that the top of one glyph just barely touches the bottom of the
> glyph in the line above. This is a quite common effect, e.g. on
> Microsoft packaging.

This is not automatic, is it? I mean, as a user of DTP, you have to hand
tune it, right?

> If you have access to the fonts, you can tune your style sheet so that
> the letters happen to abut. This might work for you locally, but
> putting such style sheets on the Web will surprise users. If my copy
> of Helvetica happens to have more "internal leading" than yours, we
> will end up with different-looking documents. Which might not be too
> bad, but it's not something Quark users will put up with.

No, but Quark users won't put up with missing fonts either.

I mean, if your Quark document using the font "Meow" is opened on a
platform without the font "Meow", either it will refuse to load, or it
will display incorrectly.

Which is pretty much exactly the same as with styled documents on the web.

Ian Hickson 
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