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From Patrick Andries <patrick.andr...@videotron.ca>
Subject Marketing material : conving your manager
Date Tue, 14 May 2002 22:40:38 GMT

We spoke earlier on this list of needing marketing material to convince 
managers about the virtues of XSLFO.

I have found this description of a Gartner Note which is positive (I may 
not disclose content).

Cost of full note $95. 
http://www3.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?id=348967&acsFlg=accessCanBuy



FT-14-7235
Rita Knox

Gartner FirstTake
23 October 2001

New Style Language Makes Reformatting XML Content Easier

The new Extensible Stylesheet Language can save time and money since it 
eliminates the
need for those using XML to reformat the same content multiple times.
Event: On 16 October 2001, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) issued 
Extensible Stylesheet
Language (XSL) 1.0 as a W3C recommendation for specifying how Extensible 
Markup Language (XML)
documents may be formatted. W3C recommendation status indicates that a 
specification is stable,
contributes to Web interoperability and has been reviewed by W3C 
members, who favor its widespread
adoption.

First Take: Four years in the making, XSL elevates style to the 
prominence of content, making XSL the
companion "sizzle" to XML's "steak" since XML provides no presentation 
capabilities in its specification.
XSL defines "formatting objects" to control how XML-defined components 
are to map to presentation
styles for paper, auditory or electronic channels. For example, 
formatting objects on the Web can activate
pop-up windows, generate sounds or launch applications.

Here's how the W3C recommendation for XSL will likely enhance online 
transactions and exchanges:

. Using XSL Transformation to transform structured XML documents, XSL 
will permit output of
common content into many presentation formats -- e.g., paper, Web and audio.

. It will enable customization of content that facilitates branding, 
user preferences, accessibility
(e.g., increase font size or convert to audio stream from visual 
presentation). By enabling custom
presentation, XSL will marry with the XML content to form a union that 
will improve user
understanding (since presentation is essential to communicating a 
message that can be readily
received).

. Expect a host of new, XSL-enabled products to hit the market -- e.g., 
browsers, enterprise
portals, portal or user-facing application servers, publishing products 
(e.g., office suite
applications, interactive graphical interfaces for financial analysis or 
geographical maps), third-party
plug-ins or encapsulated instructions for different channels (e.g., 
audio and high-end
publishing).

. Users will likely rely less on HTML or XHTML documents with Cascading 
Style Sheet (CSS)
capability. Use of CSS will likely persist among its installed base and 
with enterprises that believe
that Web presentation is the be-all and end-all. For most, however, XSL 
will provide broader
capabilities.

Enterprises should deploy a team of information designers to define 
low-bandwidth style sheets for
multichannel output and publish them for enterprise use. The time 
expended by users on formatting
documents and Web feeds can then be recovered to focus instead on 
revenue-generating activities.



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