Re: foo ... bar Re: Q: XML+XSL transforms to a print-ready f
Liam R. E. Quin writes: > XSL has come a long way since then, but it was never really page-oriented. um, so whats it for, then? if you trim it down to basics, you might as well use CSS and Netscape's formatting engine. > Automatic running headers, cross references > (see Figure 5.1 "black socks" on page 521, upper right), > smart cross references (see Figure 3, opposite page), not sure about "upper right", but I would hope that the "opposite page" could be achieved in XSL. > sorting an index with page numbers included, footnotes that don't > quite fit on the same page as the reference, table headers that repeat > on subsequent pages, with automatically generated column heading text, > and a table footer that says "page 3 of 5" or "continued", feathering > and vertical balancing of columns, text wrapping around non-erctangular > shapes, text on a path of lines and splies/curves, the list goes on and on. up to "feathering", can I have all those, please? :-} but I am not sure what you are saying. is it: a) XSL FO was not designed for specifying traditional book or journal typesetting b) These things are _hard_ to specify, so wait for XSL FO 2.0 c) It is intrinsically impossible to write a style specification language, unless the style engine has communication with the typesetting engine (as TeX does) ? on the whole, I'd agree with c) :-} (taking as my example the case where a table caption is formatting differently depending on whether or not it fits on one line, which needs access to the typeset result) Sebastian XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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