RE: FO Processor choice
> Hi Andrew, > > At first you should make your needs for FO-processor clear. > > Do you wish to make complicated layout or simple form? Well at the moment I would say its complicated - I might say differently when Ive learnt more of the language :) > How many pages do you need to format at one time? Anywhere from 1 to 100, not too many > Which language are you going to use? I need to offer a 'print preview', so I was going to use PDF > What kind of graphics do you use? cgm's at the moment, but these can converted into a supported format. > Which kind of environment do you use the processor? It will be on a server, for the standalone installations I would pre-render the pdf and distribute that rather than buy a license for each installion. > Which font do you use? Arial > Do you wish to print to paper? Yes. > FOP may do some basic job, but it is not able to format > variety of complicated layout. And it has some limitations > such as font handling, large volume page and > mis-implimentation of XSL-FO spec, etc. Ok. > As for the cost, there is no difference between free or > commertial software. The difference is only who payes for the > compensasion. Will you will pay for it, or will some other > person pay for it? Ultimately I guess ;) it's just a lot easier using 'free' software than convincing your boss to fork out $5000 - the first question I'll be asked is 'why can't we use FOP?' and I haven't been able to find any good reason on the net so far to justify not using it. cheers andrew XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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