RE: [xsl] PDF to FO tool?

Subject: RE: [xsl] PDF to FO tool?
From: DPawson@xxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 10:07:34 +0100
Max said:
> I was simply pointing out that SVG is a
> lower level description of a page than FO, thus it is a closer
> approximation to PDF. Nowhere did I (or would I) say that SVG 
> fills any
> of the roles that FO fills (pagination-related, flow-related...).

I don't see it as page related, nor PDF related!
SVG produces good images, to a standard.

> I think the future is multiple XML namespaces inline. The 
> main role for
> SVG to me would be SVG in FO, SVG in XHTML, etc. Generated 
> from the XML
> via XSLT, of course.

+1 on that. Natural allies.

> Does FO somehow obviate the need for PDF in your world?

No, fo feeds to pdf for paper.

> I  always thought FO->PDF is just fine, though FO->SVG(plus the three or
so features it
> would need to replace PDF) might be better.

I can't see that latter one. From a layout specification to  SVG?
I can't see any relationship.

FO's precedecssor had these beasties called sosofo's.
I'm sure DC will correct me if I'm wrong, but it stood for
A specification of a sequence of flow objects. 

Bit subtle but it does sum up what fo is all about.
Its the level of indirection that is sneaky, and sometimes missed.
Perhaps that's why I dont see SVG in the same ball park?

regards DaveP.
More not understanding.


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