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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook on OSX : XSLT & XSL FO programs

It depends a lot on your circumstances.  If you efficiently produce output
of sufficient quality now, you may not need to switch to XML. If there are
XML features or standards you want to use, then think about switching.  The
DocBook XSL stylesheets have more features than the DSSSL stylesheets, but
you may not need those features.

I think the question is decided by the PDF output.  I have no idea when FOP
will be able to reach production quality.    If you can afford to buy a
commercial XSL-FO processor, though, then I wouldn't hesitate.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises
DocBook Consulting

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gianluca Sforna" <giallu@gmail.com>
To: "Bob Stayton" <bobs@sagehill.net>
Cc: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2004 1:02 AM
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook on OSX : XSLT & XSL FO programs

> On Tue, 2 Nov 2004 23:10:40 -0800, Bob Stayton <bobs@sagehill.net> wrote:
> > Currently the three most complete and popular XSLT processors are Saxon,
> > xsltproc, and Xalan.  Regarding FO processors, PassiveTeX is very
> > to get working with DocBook XSL, and even then it does not support
> > parts of the XSL-FO standard.  FOP is possibly the best free XSL-FO
> > processor, but it also does not support all of the XSL-FO standard.  It
> > usable, but difficult to get production-quality output.
> Talking about this, I am still working with the SGML version of
> DocBook, producing html and PDF versions of our users manual. Would
> you suggest switching to XML now or waiting for a more complete
> toolset???
> thanks in advance
> Gianluca

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