RE: [xsl] PDF to FO tool?

Subject: RE: [xsl] PDF to FO tool?
From: DPawson@xxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 08:22:57 +0100
Max said:
> Differences between SVG and XSL-FO compared to PostScript/PDF are
> explored at: 
> e_descript
> ion_language/

>From which 
<quote>Both XHTML and XSL-FO are layout languages which manage the placement
of objects within a given page area.</quote>
xhtml as a layout language?


<quote>Other display languages such as XHTML, CSS, XSL-FO and so-forth are
layout languages. </quote>

so these are all grouped as display languages which are layout languages?

<quote>The existing SVG specification is a good basis for the development of
a definitive page description language</quote>... then, the one I like.

<quote>A typical workflow for an XML based magazine production could have an
XSL-FO renderer with built in scripting running a WYSIWYG typesetting
application that flows text and graphics. On completion of a document, the
selection of export to print uses the XSL-FO engine to send the placed
objects out through a filter which writes SVG containing exact positioning
of all the objects which make up the page. In this scenario, XSL-FO is the
layout engine, SVG is the output representation which is totally device
independent much like PDF is today. </quote>

For those who have followed the SVG lists, there is a recurrent thread on
where anyone who defends flash at the expense of SVG gets a serious bashing.
I'm beginning to wonder if XSL-FO, HTML+CSS are next.

I'm reminded of a twist on a UK advertisement for the mini.
 SVG takes over the world. The end.

Good luck Max. 

regards DaveP.


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