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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: XEP for $80

Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. Its's just that this thread was
discussing what we would get for $80. In terms of documentation, we get
exactly the same we get in the Trial version, and that includes no Java API
documentation, it comes only with the developer version ($1K). My
evaluation had to be based on the information available _before_ buying the
product. Since <floats>s are important to us, we will reconsider XEP in
future evaluations when SVG support kicks in.

Marcelo Jaccoud Amaral
Petrobrás (http://www.petrobras.com.br)
voice: +55 21 2534-3485
fax: +55 21 2534-1809
There are only 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary
and those who don't.

                      David Tolpin                                                                                      
                      <dvd@renderx.com>        Para:     jaccoud@petrobras.com.br                                       
                                               cc:       docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org                              
                      16/10/2002 11:13         Assunto:  Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: XEP for $80                                  

> Nevertheless, "quite well" is a very subjective term. For some friends,
> TEX's old file (which doesn't hyphenate any words with diacritics but
> mostly works otherwise) is suitable. I had an extra job for being too
> purist in orthographic matters, but with XEP I couldn't even start, since
> we cannot correct or change its algorithm.


if the current hyphenation class is not suitable for your needs you
may write and plug in your own. Hyphenator is loaded into XEP through
reflection, any hyphenation algorithm can be implemented.

As you might have noticed, Java property


sets hyphenator to be com.renderx.xep.cmp.TeXHyphenator;
the class's interface is well-defined and the functionality is easily

To start using software consider looking at it and at the accompanying
documentation. I really don't realize what all this hot air for. This is
the first complain on hyphenation quality, complex words are seldom and
handled through exceptions, a standard feature of TeX hyphenation tables.

TeX hyphenation tables are used for French, German, Russian, many European
with diacritics, Hebrew. I've just finished preparing one for Armenian. The
that one cannot prepare a hyphenation table for Portuese that handles
does not mean the algorithm is not capable of handling it.

Lack of hyphenation priorities in Liang's algorithms is well compensated
by other techniques. It seems to me that your opinion is biased and not
upon a weighed estimate of the tool you are talking about. I really don't
where all this hot air comes from.

David Tolpin

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