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Re: Converting XML into ODT document to print as paper

Subject: Re: Converting XML into ODT document to print as paper
From: "Peter Flynn peter@xxxxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:24:33 -0000
Re:  Converting XML into ODT document to print as paper
On 24/09/2020 08:57, Manuel Souto Pico terminolator@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
I would need to convert XML to something that has a fixed page layout ready to print, like ODT/OOXML or PDF.

Do you want other people to be able to edit the result? ODT/OOXML are designed to be editable; PDF is not.

I know OOXML is complex, but since the final document needs to be printed and keep the same layout, probably HTML output is not good for this (I guess!).

A good web designer can probably create a layout that looks the same and honours the paged-media CSS, but I don't think there are any guarantees.

What I need at the moment is just a quick and dirty proof of concept
to show that this conversion is feasible and not too difficult, to
show it to decision makers (I'm not a XSLT developer myself).

XSLT will certainly be involved IMNSHO. My personal preference would be XML > LaTeX > PDF but not everyone knows LaTeX.

My first thought was to unzip the ODT model I have, look at the content.xml inside and then try to transform my XML into that same structure (as suggested here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/38298174/directly-convert-a-single-xml-file-to-docx).

That is indeed possible. Just complicated.

However, probably that's the hard way...

You spotted it :-)

I'm doing some research, any tips or pointers or advice or recommendation or examples here would be highly appreciated. Is there any best practice to do this? or a ready-made solution?

I did a quick test just now and the results are at http://xml.silmaril.ie/software


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