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From Jeremias Maerki <dev.jerem...@greenmail.ch>
Subject Re: ASCII text output and pagination
Date Wed, 05 Mar 2003 16:07:24 GMT

On 05.03.2003 16:53:15 Illiano, Vincent wrote:
> Thanks for the quick response.  I am willing to add media-usage support to
> FOP.  I have a couple of questions on this, though.  Given that I need this
> functionality now, if I add it to the redesigned FOP branch, when will I be
> able to use it?

If the functionality available in the redesign already fits your needs 
(check that please) you can start using it immediately. Just download it
from CVS as indicated on our website. 

> When will the first release of the redesiged FOP be
> available?

Unknown. There's still a lot to do. But please do have a look at the
redesign.

> If I decide to put the support in the maintainance branch
> because I need it now, would it be difficult to port it later to the new
> FOP?

I think, yes. The reason is that the layout engine is completely
different. The renderers are still pretty similar, but your
functionality need to be implemented in the layout engine.

> I guess we should also ask the question if there are other FOP users out
> there who would like to see ASCII support in the redesigned FOP.  I,
> personally, have found it very useful!
>
> One more thing.  I am not familiar with the layout engines.  How difficult
> will it be to "teach" it not to make page breaks and to increase the page
> length dynamically?

Hmm, I can't answer that off-hand. I'm the "peripheral guy" here, sort of, read:
specialist for everything but layout. :-) I hope Keiron can answer that.

If you need your functionality real quick, I suggest you go the
post-processing way. But it would certainly be cool to have new people
jump in and help.

Jeremias Maerki


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