XSL-FO Does it have the guts?
In Leventhal's critic of XSL on xml.com, one of his first arguments against XSL is that it provides flow objects that don't make sense on the web, such as page flow objects. Then he says that the number of people who will be publishing to more than one media (paper and web) will be small in number, and they can easily pick up existing standards: CSS, and DSSSL to do that kind of publishing. He later goes onto state: "I am qualified to give an expert opinion in this area and my opinion is that DSSSL and XSL are hard!" Since I am not an expert in formatting/transformation languages, I'm trying to validate this claim. I buy into the *concept* that XSL will be able to publish to more than one media with the same source and formatting language, and I think Leventhal misses the point that XML is all about looking beyond the web. Does the set of flow objects currently in the XSL spec have enough power for publishing? On the continuum from 'easy' to 'hard' publishing jobs, what will XSL be able to address? -- Kurt Donath 315.456.6276 Staff Systems Engineer Intranet: http://www.syr.lmco.com/~donath/ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin - Enterprise Information Systems Systems Engineering / Webserv XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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