Re: [xsl] What is the future of XSL-FO

Subject: Re: [xsl] What is the future of XSL-FO
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 06:32:21 -0500
That message is undated, though the copyright goes back to 2001 and perhaps was only updated to reference 4.0. Consider that the company where you found the post has not made any announcements regarding products supporting XSL-FO.

Consider that any company not in a particular space may want to prejudice opinions to support a decision not to be in that space.

Consider that XSL-FO is the web standard for paginating documents and the comment you read about overlap with CSS/HTML is for a little-used "media-usage=" feature of XSL-FO (so little that I am unaware of *any* implementations of it!) that can allow it to be used without pagination. By far the prevalent use of XSL-FO (to my knowledge 100%) is for the elaborate pagination of information, not at all well addressed by HTML and CSS.

Consider for a growing list of XSL-FO supported tools being used world-wide in the production of professional-quality paginated outputs.

The message you cite must be dated before October 2001 because that was the time that XSL-FO 1.0 did become a "standard fully accepted by the W3C" ... that is when it became a Recommendation and it is maturing through the start of the XSL-FO 1.1 project. The message clearly was not expecting it or is trying to mislead the reader into believing that it has not been finalized when it has, indeed, been finalized.

This is *not* vapourware and my XSL-FO students are using it on a day-by-day basis: mass mailings, utility bills, reports, database dumps, etc.

XSL-FO is for real ... many people are embracing it ... it isn't going to go away regardless of what large companies may have said three years ago.

XSL-FO's future is very bright!

I hope this helps.

.......................... Ken

At 2004-02-27 07:56 -0300, Célio Cidral Junior wrote:
Below is an excerpt of an explanation for XSLT, took out from

"XSL is now generally referred to as XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO), to
distinguish it from XSLT. The future of XSL-FO as a standard is uncertain,
because much of its functionality overlaps with that provided by cascading
style sheets (CSS) and the HTML tag set. If cross-vendor compatibility is
important, you might want to avoid XSL-FO until it becomes a standard fully
accepted by the Worldwide Web Consortium."

Can I consider valid the declaration above? I really want to use XLS-FO as
standard in the company I work for, as base document format for report
generation, but this declaration could make me hesitate to. I would
appreciate any thoughts.

Thank you.

Celio Cidral Junior

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