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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Re: [docbook] RTF compiled with FOP 0.93

Quoting Dave Pawson <davep@dpawson.co.uk>:

> As a 'real' DSSSL user, I'd be interested in your take on the XFC
> product Markus? Does it meet your needs?

First of all I'd like to point out that I use XML/XSLT as well. I've  
migrated most software manuals that I maintain to DocBook XML as I  
don't need word processor output for them. So, in a way, I'm just a  
casual fossil :-)

I've never tested XFC because it is not free (as in freedom). Statements like:

"Note to Personal Edition users: Personal Edition license terms have  
changed drastically starting with version 4.0. Except in a few special  
cases Personal Edition may no longer be used for professional  

(http://www.xmlmind.com/foconverter/, accessed 2007-11-12)

lend some credibility to my fears that you should never build your  
software stack on commercial applications unless you have the monies  
to do so. I'm still struggling to replace the last two commercial apps  
that I have to use (one for plotting graphs, and one for doing  
statistics), and it is unlikely that I'll add more commercial apps,  
regardless of how well they may perform.


Markus Hoenicka
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