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From Ben Pope <>
Subject Re: Document Conversions Online
Date Tue, 05 Apr 2005 21:18:32 GMT
Michael McGrady wrote:
> Now we seem to really be getting somewhere.  Thanks.  I am new at
> this, so I have some new-like questions.  What is FOP?

Apache FOP.

I'll let them describe it best:

It's a piece of cake to use with Cocoon.

If you haven't already, then grab the 2.1.7 release, install it and take 
a look at the examples.  FOP is used in there.

Just have a wander round the Cocoon examples to see what it can do.  If 
you feel like getting your hands dirty you might be suprised at how easy 
it is to get stuck in.

Ben Pope.

> On Apr 5, 2005 12:34 PM, Ben Pope <> wrote:
>>Michael McGrady wrote:
>>>Hello, Jorg,
>>>Thanks for your response.  I want to provide an application that will
>>>take documents and convert them to and from XML, e.g. Word to PDF, PDF
>>>to Word, RTF to PDF, etc.  Can cocoon do this?  Thanks.
>>Word, PDF and RTF are not XML in their native formats.
>>Word can produce an XML document describing something that you want -
>>I'm not sure how nice it is to interpret.
>>Anyway, assuming you can get Word, PDF and RTF into XML, it's not too
>>bad to create a stylesheet that outputs XSL:FO (depending on how
>>exacting you want your output to be).  FOP will then create RTF and PDF
>>from your FO.  To be honest, the RTF generation doesn't work nearly as
>>well as for PDF, but I haven't tried other than setting the rendering
>>target so I may well have done something wrong.
>>Cocoon is a publishing framework at heart, it is the ideal basis for
>>what you want to do, but you may have to write some components yourself,
>>unless somebody knows better.
>>It's an excellent starting point, anyway.
>>Ben Pope.
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