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From Michael McGrady <>
Subject Re: Document Conversions Online
Date Tue, 05 Apr 2005 21:10:40 GMT
Now we seem to really be getting somewhere.  Thanks.  I am new at
this, so I have some new-like questions.  What is FOP?

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.
> Well...
> 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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