Terry Durkin

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Ryan,
Just to clarify... The only file type that we're outputting now is PDF. When I said that we have multiple formats, I meant that we provide several different views of the same data via several different XSLTs. This was one of the main advantages of XSLT/XSL:FO for us. Should have been more clear. Sorry.
We started our XML/XSLT/XSL:FO development about a year ago. At that time there were no visual XSL:FO editors available. Right now there are a couple that I'm aware of (XSLfast and Scriptura). Neither of them are free/open source but the both have a 30 day trial. Scriptura seems to me like it's more of a complete document engine rather than a simple editor. I spent very little time on both of these tools as we do not have any active XSLT development going on at the moment, so take my comments with a grain of salt I'd imagine that we'll start seeing some free/open source WYSIWYG editors in the next 6-12 months, but that's just another guess.
Terry
20 years ago
I'm on a project and we're doing the exact same thing. We choose to go the XMS/XSLT -> XSL:FO route. It works and is very flexible. One of the main benefits of doing this is that we can specify several different output formats for the same data. We use the Apache FOP library for this.
Creating the XSLT's that do the transformation can be quite time consuming and very overwhelming. If you don't need to specify multiple formats, I'd look into something a little bit simpler. I know many people who have used the iText library and like it very much. With iText you can specify the output formatting in your java code instead of in an external XSLT.
I guess my recommendation would be to go with XSL:FO if you 1) need multiple output formats of the same data and/or 2) already have an XSLT guru available.
HTH!
Terry
20 years ago

Do you mean that zip the jar and the jpg file together ?
The application to which i,am refering to is downloadable from the internet . What if there is no win-zip on the machine where it is download?
What do i do then ?


The answer is that a jar (and war and ear) file is basically just a zip file with another extension. If you open the jar file with winzip you can add the jpg file to the jar. When your application is downloaded as a jar file, the jpg file will be included with it.
Terry
20 years ago