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Subject: AW: [xsl] FO Processor choice
From: Ronald Kent Gibson <Kent.Gibson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 13:06:07 +0100

We use and sell DOPEFO. Its greatest advantage is its speed and wide
spectrum of output streams. In answer to your question "is FOP a realistic
choice?", I would say when you need to print lots of documents quickly or
with little resources you may have to rule it out.

DOPEFO It is a lot faster than FOP and uses less memory. 

We specialise in solutions for clients that use high throughput printers so
PDF is not always viable. In these situations we use AFP. Other than PDF,
DOPEFO supports more exotic formats like PCL, SVG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, IOCA,
JPEG, GIF, PNG, TGA, GOF/SAP and Notes.

I would not be able to estimate our conformance, however I reckon we are
pretty good in comparison to FOP.


Kent Gibson
icon Systemhaus GmbH, 
Unterlaender Strasse 71, 70435 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 711 80 60 98-0 (Durchwahl -15) 
Fax +49 711 9877-464

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Von: Andrew Welch [mailto:AWelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. Februar 2004 12:00
An: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Betreff: [xsl] FO Processor choice




Firstly, I don't want to ask 'which is the best FO processor', so its ok
to read on :)

Ive recently set about converting a set of xhtml producing stylesheets
to produce pdf.  Ive learnt a bit of FO, using FOP as the processor.

Now I've seen the conformance charts at
http://www.antennahouse.com/xslfo/impl-comparison-fo.htm and I can see
that FOP only implements about 50% of the 'complete' spec (around 67% of
the 'basic' spec).

What I would like to know is that enough to use for development?  Is
there anything missing that rules FOP out as a realistic choice?  The
others are all really expensive, so if its possible to do a task using
FOP - even if its longhand, or requires more work work in xslt - then
that's fine.  Things like margins, text-transform etc can all be done
another way, so is there any need to pay for one of the commercial ones?

What do other regular FO developers use?

Thanks for any insight

andrew 


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