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From "Illiano, Vincent" <ILLIA...@onyx.dcri.duke.edu>
Subject RE: ASCII text output and pagination
Date Wed, 05 Mar 2003 16:24:17 GMT

I think I'd like to pursue 2 possibilities.  If someone out there listening
in on this discussion can give me a pointer to the ASCII layout engine and a
pointer on how to teach it to increment to page length, then I will take a
shot at implementing "bounding-in-one-dimension" in the maintainance branch
at least.

If some of the more experienced FOP developers agree with me that ASCII
rendered output support would be a nice feature for the redesigned FOP, and
it's feasible, then I'd like to contribute.

Thoughts, suggestions?  Thanks, -Vincent

> ----------
> From: 	Jeremias Maerki[SMTP:dev.jeremias@greenmail.ch]
> Reply To: 	fop-dev@xml.apache.org
> Sent: 	Wednesday, March 05, 2003 11:07 AM
> To: 	fop-dev@xml.apache.org
> Subject: 	Re: ASCII text output and pagination
> 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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