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Subject: [xsl] XSL-FO in the client?
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:21:02 -0400


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 XHTML?

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 this?

Cheers, Wendell

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