document production options
Hi, We're currently developing a document production function for one or more commercial web applications. I am actively investigating an FO/PDF solution, and I would be very interested in your thoughts on some of the following questions.  background: I'm interested in printing retail financial documents, like statements and agreements, both of which need explicit page breaking. We also need support for embedded (dumb) graphics and being able to print mixed orientation text (landscape and portrait) on the same page. The application will be running in Windows NT, so Java connectivity will be possible but COM will be slicker.  How stable and/or viable is the XSL/FO spec? I see that it is currently in last call working draft, and is supported with different levels of completeness by the tools mentioned in the http://www.w3.org/Style/XSL/ list of XSL-FO processors. This seems a reasonably strong case to me - have I overlooked any other major confidence or fear factors?  In the case of some letters and all statements we need to evaluate the space required to print variable length and/or variable count data items in order to get the page break in the right place. As Max Froumentin mentioned here recently, this is a well known problem (see http://redrice.com/xml/xslReporting.html for my analysis of the requirement) which is not addressed in XSL-FO. Does anyone have a framework for addressing it, for instance by the use of APIs to the XSL-FO processor? Or does any competitive technology address this problem?  I'm aware that RenderX plan to release a utility to convert HTML+CSS2 to XML-FO. Are there any other routes for generating XSL-FO documents graphically, or is that way down the road? How about RTF or PDF to XSL-FO?  Are there any obvious alternative technologies? I'm thinking about HTML+CSS2 which I believe is printable via the IE5 COM object, and possibly SVG which seems to to be hitting prime time. To what extent are these rivals, and what complementary? Many thanks for your time and thoughts! Francis. -- Francis Norton. Defy Convention? Deify Convention! XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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