[xsl] ANN: RenderX XSL Formatting Engine XEP version 3 is available

Subject: [xsl] ANN: RenderX XSL Formatting Engine XEP version 3 is available
From: David Tolpin <dvd@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 02:07:23 +0500 (AMST)

RenderX XSL Formatting Engine XEP version 3 (http://www.renderx.com/FO2PDF.html) 
is commercially available from the xAttic shop,


The new version is offered through a number of licensing schemes,
ranging from a single user to a developer and corporate server.

>From now on, updates and addtional components will eventually be
made available through the updates' page, 
 Licensed users of XEP v2 for XML Spy may download maitnenance 
 release 2.78 from that location .

 We at RenderX are committed to providing XEP's users with convenient
 and powerful tools for integration of RenderX XEP into various
 production and development environments. As a first step, XEP v3
 connector for XML Spy has been published as a freely downloadable
 component for commercial users of RenderX XEP version 3. Please


 to download the component.

 Version 3 offers a number of improvements over the previous one,
 including (but not limited to) the following:

- support for right-to-left writing mode (including a preliminary
   implementation of bidirectionality);
- support for rotated text; 
- support for side floats; 
- support for blocks spanning multiple columns; 
- support for page-position="last" in conditional page masters; 
- support for horizontal text scaling (via font-stretch attribute); 
- support for from-table-column() function; 
- a number of useful extensions to XSL spec:
    * support for building page number lists in indexes; 
    * support for areas with different column counts on the same page;
- a completely new validation mechanism that checks XSL FO data
   from any source and eliminates namespace problems;
- optimized graphics, using "lazy" algorithms to greatly improve
   preformance and reduce memory consumption;
- SAX 2 interfaces for both input and output; 
- JAXP integration classes, and a command-line interface to perform 
  direct XML+XSL->PDF/PostScript transformation;
- and more...

RenderX XEP 3 consumes less memory than XEP 2.x and runs faster, especially
on long tables. Many parts have been rewritten from scratch; results
are quite encouraging.

David Tolpin 

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