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From David E Jones <david.jo...@hotwaxmedia.com>
Subject Re: *.fo.ftl
Date Thu, 05 Mar 2009 18:33:18 GMT

"Hand-coding" XSL-FO is a lot like direct editing of HTML and CSS.  
Some people like editors that behave like a word processor so they  
never have to see an HTML tag, but most people (especially in recent  
years) seem to just go for the direct manipulation of HTML and CSS.  
There are very few web sites, especially dynamic (database driven) web  
sites, that don't have some or all of the HTML and CSS manually  
written. Part of the problem is that if you want flexibility then you  
can't effectively use many of the WYSIWIG style tools, so they're  
really only good for simple sites. This is made more dramatic by  
browser compatibility problems and such.

For XSL-FO the problem is a lot easier since the standards are better  
(and more consistently followed, unlike HTML and CSS). My guess about  
why such things are not more common is the same as for many tools,  
including tools for things in OFBiz: doing it by direct text editing  
is not that hard, so there just isn't much demand for special tools.

BTW, I'm talking specifically about things that are NOT static  
documents. None of the XSL-FO templates in OFBiz are used for static  
documents, so in addition to the editor having to understand XSL-FO it  
also has to understand the dynamic parts of the document... and that  
makes the editor a lot more complicated and a lot less useful compared  
to just editing the files.

So yes, all of the HTML, CSS, XSL-FO, JavaScript, Java, XML, etc, etc  
in OFBiz is created by hand (ever since late 2001 anyway, when we  
decided that good tool design is a better approach than code  
generation for poorly designed tools).


On Mar 5, 2009, at 11:00 AM, Sanders, Brian wrote:

> Tis a commercial product. So, were these files hand coded then?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jacques Le Roux [mailto:jacques.le.roux@les7arts.com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 11:33 AM
> To: user@ofbiz.apache.org
> Subject: Re: *.fo.ftl
> Ha yes : xslfast
> Jacques
> From: "Jacques Le Roux" <jacques.le.roux@les7arts.com>
>> AFAIK, there are no free editors but some commercials (Google for
> <<editor "xsf:fo">>)
>> Jacques
>> From: "Sanders, Brian" <BSanders@connextions.com>
>> Were these files coded by hand, or was some sort of a WYSIWYG editor
>> used? I need to modify the pack slip and it's a bit of a headache.
> Does
>> anyone know of a decent, free editor/designer I might be able to use?
>> Thanks.

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