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From Mika Lehtonen <>
Subject Re: Is Cocoon the right tool?
Date Wed, 04 Mar 2009 20:06:25 GMT
Hi Fernando,

I guess you would have to produce your PDF (PS) through Apache FOP. 
According to my experience, you can easily end up into big troubles with 
it, because

a) you have to design your templates by coding and if there is a 
graphical editor available for XSL-FO (don't know), you still end up 
into troubles,
b) because FOP is still quite far from the standard (see:, especially 0.20.5.

On the other hand, after you have created templates, it does work well. 
But as said, if your needs are demanding, it can happen so that FOP 
isn't yet ready enough. Also the whole XSL-FO is a little "stiff". And 
this would only cover one or two formats.. You still need to create 
stylesheets ("templates") to other formats as well.

- mika -

Fernando kirjoitti:
>>> Just to make sure, are layouts like these possible?
>> Many, if not all, of these layouts can be created with CSS. 
>> Cocoon would return clean (X)HTML (and many other formats) 
>> without any particular style information. You would just need 
>> to ensure that the HTML elements have appropriate id's.
> But how would this apply to rtf or pdf? I mean, there's no equivalent of CSS
> for those formats...
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