Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 08:40:46 -0600 From: W. Eliot Kimber <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reply-To: XSL-FO@YahooGroups.com To: XSL-FO <XSL-FO@YahooGroups.com>, xsl-list <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: EXSLFO Project
I have created the EXSLFO project on SoureForge (http://exslfo.sourceforge.net). I have also registered the exslfo.org and exslfo.com domains for the use of this project if necessary.
The EXSLFO project is a community effort to define functional extensions to thet XSL Formatting Objects specification in advance of development of new versions of the XSL FO specification by the W3C. It is intended to be an adjunct to the formal W3C specification development process. It is modeled on the existing EXSLT activity (http://exlst.org/).
The expected outputs of this activity are:
Clear definitions of requirements for features and functions not addressed by the current FO specification. These features may be core layout functions (e.g. revision bars) or may be related to specific delivery technologies (PDF bookmarks and metadata).
Specifications for non-proprietary extensions to the XSL-FO language that attempt to satsify these requirements
Where possible or applicable, implementations of these requirements in whatever form (pre-processors, post-processors, extensions to existing FO implementations, etc.).
I have created a public mailing list, email@example.com (see https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/exslfo-discussion). My intent is that this mailing list will be the primary vehicle for discussion of requirements and attendant solution specifications.
I have also created a initial requirements document to serve as a starting point for discussion and a model for the type of requirements the project is intended to gather. These are simply my thoughts to date and should not be taken as representing any sort of community concensus at this time [while I think that they are in fact representative of my personal requirements and those of my clients, I would not presume to speak for the community]. Consider them a starting point for discussion.
My motivation in starting this project is driven largely by a desire to have standardized those extensions that are clearly generally required but probably outside of the scope of the FO spec, such as generation of PDF bookmarks and metadata, capturing of page-to-object mappings, etc. As an integrator, I would like to see an industry standard for these extensions that would allow one to have a single FO instance for a variety of FO implementations that could take advantage of all the features of, for example, PDF.
All interested parties, vendors and users, are invited to participate.
W. Eliot Kimber Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Consultant, ISOGEN International 1016 La Posada Dr., Suite 240 Austin, TX 78752 Phone: 512.656.4139