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XSL-FO Resources

Some XSL-FO resources are available to you on the Web, but far fewer than those for XSLT. Here are the main ones:

Just as there are XSLT processors out there for you to use, there are also XSL-FO processors. None comes close to implementing the wholestandard, however. Here's a starter list of XSL-FO processors:

In this book, I'll use fop (formatting objects processor), which is probably the most widely used XSL-FO processor. This Java-based XSL-FO processor takes an XML document that is written to use the XSL-FO formatting objects and translates it to PDF format, which you can examine with Adobe Acrobat. Although XSLT transformations are often made to HTML, that won't work for XSL-FO, because in that case, you specify every aspect of the presentation format down to the last detail, which means that PDF format is much more appropriate.

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