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From Geoffrey Rowell <gr...@ctp.com>
Subject RE: Thoughts...
Date Wed, 12 Jan 2000 14:08:20 GMT
> Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> 
> Ross Burton wrote:
> > 
> > > > 1) Cocoon needs more output formats: plain text, RTF 
> and TIFF/PNG would
> > be
> > > > very nice.  Then Cocoon can output most useful formats: 
> XML, HTML, PDF,
> > RTF,
> > > > raw text and images.
> > 
> > > Ummm... I say this as nicely as possible, so as not to 
> offend... are you
> > > sure you are up on what XSL/T does?  Cocoon is limited in 
> its output
> > > formats only by how well you can transform the XML you give it.
> > > Certainly some binary data such as PDF relies on 
> additional programs,
> > > but if it can be represented by hand, it can be 
> transformed to that
> > > representation.  Now if you are talking about writing additional
> > > formatting-objects... go for it, but that's way beyond 
> our scope here...
> > 
> > I was thinking of XSL:FO to RTF mainly, implemented as a 
> Formatter in a
> > similar manner to FOP.
> 
> Others have expressed this intention in the FOP mail list but 
> nobody has
> done it. This is not something that Cocoon should go over, IMO.
>  
> > I really would like RTF creation, that way a document can 
> be produced which
> > MS Word will open easily, fully formatted.  HTML is not a 
> sensible solution.
> 
> I agree but this is different enough to belong there.
> 
I agree that RTF would be helpful, but who owns/maintains the
RTF spec?

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