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From Pascal Sancho <psancho....@gmail.com>
Subject Re: FOP - features I miss
Date Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:16:16 GMT
Hi Jan,

see below...

2013/12/9 Jan Tosovsky <j.tosovsky@email.cz>:
> Dear All,
>
> I like the idea of FOP, i.e. open-source implementation of XSL-FO processor,
> but I have to admit it is still not mature enough for my projects.
>
> A) For automated production of product documentation I miss mainly:
> 1. support for change bars (used in the review cycle phase) -
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FOP-1760
> 2. enhanced index generating (at least merging same pages into a single
> item)
>
> B) For my hobby projects I require high quality typography so I miss:
> 1. support for microtypography (protrusion, expansion)
> 2. support for ligatures for non-english environments
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FOP-2093
> 3. ability to typeset on grid
>
> While (A) is now handled by commercial XSL-FO product, for (B) I switched to
> TeX based solution (ConTeXt). None of these is ideal and I still believe one
> day FOP will replace them in my workflow. But I am rather sad from recent
> (in)activity.
>
> Is there any rough roadmap for next development?

There is no roadmap for our FOP project.
There is only a wiki page called "User Requests & Most Wanted
Features" (see [1]), but it is quite old.
That said, you can find in Jira [2] Improvement or New Feature
requests, [PATCH] from users, etc. that can figure what is
expected/realized.

Since FOP team is a quite small one, *all* volunteers are welcome. See
FOP dev general page [3] on how to contribute.

> Btw, in the light of new approaches I am curious what is the future of
> XSL-FO technology in general:
> https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-apps/201312/msg00019.html
>
> I hope FOP is not a next candidate for the abandonware list...

FOP is definitively an active project, and the FOP community is always
adding new features (in progress today: fo:inline-container support,
fo:multi-switch support, OTF handling, etc.)

> Regards, Jan

[1] http://wiki.apache.org/xmlgraphics-fop/MostWantedFeatures
[2] https://issues.apache.org/jira/
[3] http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/dev/

-- 
pascal

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