Subject: Re: [xsl] status of FOP, Oct 2006|
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 12:41:03 -0400
I would guess that Renderx might be willing to provide you with free classroom licenses for XEP, and your students could get free academic licenses or "personal edition" licenses for their home use. (Does it really matter for your teaching purposes or for your students that it be open source?)
I suppose xmlroff probably doesn't meet the available-for-Windows requirement, but it seems like it'd be wortwhile to at least demo it for you students and give some background information about it so that they know it exists. (If you have any students who are developers, maybe some would take enough interest in xmlroff to consider contributing to development on it.)
If they're doing hands-on XSL-FO work exclusively with FOP, it seems like in spite of what else you may be demo'ing for them, they're going to walk away with out ever trying and seeing for themselves that they can generate production-quality output from an XSL-FO toolchain.
At the very least it might be worthwhile to suggest that they download XEP on their own at home and try it.
Thanks again, Wendell