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Re: [xsl] XSL-FO in the client?

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSL-FO in the client?
From: Michele R Combs <mrrothen@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:03:25 +0000

You might pose this question to the IDPF epub working group
http://idpf.org/epub/30 .  They're currently working on a revision of the epub


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From: Wendell Piez [mailto:wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:21 AM
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Subject: [xsl] XSL-FO in the client?


Like many, I have been pondering EPUB, ebook readers, and the development of
ebook standards in the context of web technologies and others.

One thing I wonder is whether the train has already left the station on XSL-FO
for handheld electronic devices.

Wouldn't XSL-FO make as strong a basis (or stronger?) for e-readers than

Even if the current EPUB standards are based on XHTML, does this prevent a
vendor from developing an XSL-FO client (which would run on desktop or
tablet), thereby doing an end run around the problems related to fitting and
extending XHTML/CSS to paginating devices (with requirements for keeps,
floats, footnotes and the rest)?

What are the technical and non-technical challenges that hinder or prevent

Cheers, Wendell

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