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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] GSoC Project Idea: integrated LaTeX output support for the stylesheets

Em 05-04-2013 17:02, Tony Graham escreveu:
On Fri, April 5, 2013 3:46 pm, Gábor Kövesdán wrote:
>Em 05-04-2013 16:00, Tony Graham escreveu:
>>On Fri, April 5, 2013 2:09 pm, Gábor Kövesdán wrote:
>>>I plan to apply to this year's Summer of Code and I wanted to share my
>>>idea with you for discussion. I've been using DocBook both for personal
>>>documents (CV, Bachelor and Master Thesis, papers, etc.) and in the
>>>FreeBSD Project. I'm usually satisfied with the output that Apache FOP
>>>creates but I believe the PDF generation should be better supported.
>>>only usable open source XSL FO renderer is Apache FOP (xmlroff is very
>>>immature and is not actively developed) so we have no alternatives.
>What do you exactly mean here? If you don't agree with this statement,
>could you please elaborate?
I am the author of xmlroff.  I would like it if it was more developed,
that I had more time to work on it, and that there were more than me
working on it, but it isn't, I don't, and there isn't, so I'm not
contesting your statement.

Ok, I didn't know you were the author. I didn't mean it as a malicious criticism, so I apologise if you felt like that. I would also loved if there were other implementations of XSL FO and I especially like to initiative of xmlroff because it is written in C. A good C (or other native) implementation is also what the FreeBSD Project would desire but we tried it out and the current output is not good enough yet. Indeed, it would be really awesome if more people got involved in it but I think implementing an XSL FO renderer is not quite a trivial task. Anyway, haven't you thought of applying to GSoC with xmlroff as a mentoring organization? Probably you would have to describe some well-defined project ideas and probably it is too late for this summer and it may be worth a try for the next year.


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