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Moving From XML to Print O'Reilly Releases "XSL-FO"
Sebastopol, CA--No matter how flexible and convenient digital information has become, we haven't yet done away with the need to see documents in print. But many XML users, whose focus is on creating high-quality digital source documents, find that formatting the printed output often comes as an afterthought. O'Reilly's latest release, "XSL-FO" by Dave Pawson (US $34.95), explores one method by which developers and web designers can convert XML to print. Extensible Style Language-Formatting Objects, or XSL-FO, is a set of tools used to describe page printouts of XML (including XHTML) documents. If you need to produce printed material from your XML documents, then XSL-FO can provide the bridge. One of the few books to go beyond a basic introduction to the technology, "XSL-FO" offers in-depth coverage of XSL-FO's features and strengths. An online version of the book has helped many developers master this technology, but the release of XSL-FO marks the first time this reference has been available in print. "This book covers the same content found in the published recommendation," says Pawson, who is well known in the XSLT and XSL-FO communities, and maintains the XSLT FAQ. "The focus throughout this book is to help users of XSL-FO. It is not a theoretical discourse on the recommendation, but a complement to the recommendation. I have tried to write something that bridges the gap between implementer and user, with a bias towards the user." According to Pawson, XSL-FO technology will increase in importance as XML begins to make real inroads into the Web and business. "Business thrives on information, one presentation of which is on paper," he notes. "Since I firmly believe in the viability of XML for both documents and raw business data, I can only think that the presentation of selected information on paper will rise with the use of XML. Information is only useful when it's moving; the abstraction of that information using XML-based tools for management and leisure purposes is essential for ready, automatic access." The book begins with an overview of the technology and an introduction to the XSL-FO vocabulary. The author explains how to choose among today's implementations, how to describe pages, and talks about what is going on in the processor in terms of layout. In addition to discussing the technology, Pawson also explains the basics of formatting, layout, and readability. The latter part of the book focuses on smaller pieces: blocks, inline structures, graphics, color and character level formatting, concluding by showing how to integrate these parts into a coherent whole. "XSL-FO" also explores organizational aspects you'll need to consider, such as how to design stylesheets strategically rather than letting them evolve on their own. "XSL-FO" is more than just a guide to the technology; the book teaches developers how to think about the formatting of their documents, guiding readers through the questions they'll need to ask to ensure that their printed documents meet the same high standards as their computer-generated content. Written for experienced XML developers and web designers, this book contains more useful information on this practical technology than any other book available.
Additional resources: Chapter 6, "Inline Elements," is available free online at: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/xslfo/chapter/index.html For more information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, author bio, and samples, see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/xslfo/ For a cover graphic in jpeg format, go to: ftp://ftp.ora.com/pub/graphics/book_covers/hi-res/0596003552.jpg XSL-FO By Dave Pawson ISBN 0-596-00355-2, 263 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN) email@example.com 1-800-998-9938 1-707-827-7000 http://www.oreilly.com About O'Reilly O'Reilly & Associates is the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences, and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators. O'Reilly books, known for the animals on their covers, occupy a treasured place on the shelves of the developers building the next generation of software. O'Reilly conferences and summits bring alpha geeks and forward-thinking business leaders together to shape the revolutionary ideas that spark new industries. From the Internet to XML, open source, .NET, Java, and web services, O'Reilly puts technologies on the map. For more information: http://www.oreilly.com # # # O'Reilly is a registered trademark of O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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