Re: What is the future of XSL-FO
Consider that any company not in a particular space may want to prejudice opinions to support a decision not to be in that space.
Consider that XSL-FO is the web standard for paginating documents and the comment you read about overlap with CSS/HTML is for a little-used "media-usage=" feature of XSL-FO (so little that I am unaware of *any* implementations of it!) that can allow it to be used without pagination. By far the prevalent use of XSL-FO (to my knowledge 100%) is for the elaborate pagination of information, not at all well addressed by HTML and CSS.
Consider http://www.xmlsoftware.com/xslfo.html for a growing list of XSL-FO supported tools being used world-wide in the production of professional-quality paginated outputs.
The message you cite must be dated before October 2001 because that was the time that XSL-FO 1.0 did become a "standard fully accepted by the W3C" ... that is when it became a Recommendation and it is maturing through the start of the XSL-FO 1.1 project. The message clearly was not expecting it or is trying to mislead the reader into believing that it has not been finalized when it has, indeed, been finalized.
This is *not* vapourware and my XSL-FO students are using it on a day-by-day basis: mass mailings, utility bills, reports, database dumps, etc.
XSL-FO is for real ... many people are embracing it ... it isn't going to go away regardless of what large companies may have said three years ago.
XSL-FO's future is very bright!
I hope this helps.
At 2004-02-27 07:56 -0300, Célio Cidral Junior wrote:
Below is an excerpt of an explanation for XSLT, took out from http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/xmlsdk/htm/xslt_starter_54dw.asp:
XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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