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Subject: Re: [xsl] xsl-fo and professional publishing
From: "Liam R E Quin liam@xxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:56:12 -0000

On Fri, 2014-06-13 at 21:07 +0000, Eliot Kimber ekimber@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> I'm happy to be proven wrong on my no-FO-in-publishing assertion

I don't know if it's wrong so much as a different perspective on the
same data.

Some sources...
* XSL-FO renderer vendors having increased sales in the publishing area;

* consultants to publishers, and publishers themselves, attending XSL-FO
related events (markupforum, XML Prague, W3C Workhops on publishing)

* public presentations at said events

E.g. Hachette has moved from XSL-FO to XHTML + CSS so they can share CSS
between epub and print more easily; Penguin said at the XSL-Fo meetup in
Prague a couple of years ago that they used XSL-Fo for all of their
mostly-text/prose books such as fiction; that's two of the Big Six (or
Big N) right there.

Similarly at JATS-Con (a conference for STM journal publishers) there
were quite a few Antenna House users, enough that Antenna House staff
were there.

W3C has been relatively active in publishing (both print and epub) in
the past year or so.

I do have additional data that I can't share (sorry) but maybe others
can contribute some.


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