RE: Future of XSL-FO at W3C??
I can think of a "normal" way that keeping these FO files make a lot of sense, esp. for documentation control in the large (although certainly not for printing one up small documents) Consider a "document" for a Nortel switch or a Boeing aircraft. It consists of a multitude of pieces, each piece under version control, each version maybe corresponding to an engineering change to some part of the product (hw/sw). Typically the "document" is under control of some DB engine that handles version control and configuration management. Configuration management shows up for the Nortel switch since the product sold into North America is not physically/electrically the same as the same product sold to China (even though functionally it is the same product). You need to know for version x of the switch sold into China, which version of which pieces of the "document" get assembled into the documentation for the specific product delivered. Further, you need to retain this information over time (and I wouldn't consider it null knowledge). The FO copy of this info is sort of a locked in copy that can be moved to paper/cdrom at will without having to reassemble the whole thing again (even though possible .. may not be as cheap as the cost of storing the FO). So cost reduction might be an argument for keeping the FO in larger scale environments. [And I doubt whether documents of this sort will ever be left around on the internet]. Cheers...Hugh W. Hugh Chatfield I.S.P. CyberSpace Industries 2000 Inc. XML Consulting & Training http://www.urbanmarket.com/csi2000 See also: http://www.all-about-perth.com From: Ian Tindale [mailto:iandeli@c...] Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 9:42 AM To: xml-dev@l... Subject: Re: Future of XSL-FO at W3C?? On Friday 18 October 2002 2:29 pm, AndrewWatt2000@a... wrote: > It sounds as if you are buying into the "Formatting Objects are Harmful" > nonsense. Shame on you! :) <snip/> That's the reason they should only live as long as it takes to get it out on paper. If left lying around (and honestly, what possible reason is there for that to ever occur? They're cheap and easy to make new ones) then you will have the result that a lot of XML kept in drawers and cupboards will have been 'crawled' somehow by those future XML semantic 'know everything' parsers in an attempt to knit the knowledge of the world together and answer it all. Thus, XSL-FO if persisted will result in a lot of 'null knowledge'. <snip/> -- Ian Tindale ----------------------------------------------------------------- The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription manager: <http://lists.xml.org/ob/adm.pl>
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