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How It Works: XML in Action

Technology was created with the intention of providing an adequate native formatting for every output media that may be used to view it -- from cellular phones to high-quality printers -- without manually recreating several versions of the same content. Today, the XML set of standards provides a powerful means to achieve this goal.

Basic ingredients used in preparing our solution are:

  • XML, an emerging industry standard, provides an excellent means for separating contents from specific presentation features;

  • XSL Transformations/XPath, a new language for manipulating XML documents, serves as a flexible and powerful tool for managing the contents and ascribing formatting styles;

  • WML, a specialized XML-based markup language, has been used as an output format for wireless devices (cellular phones, PDA, etc);

  • XSL Formatting Objects, a description language for high-quality visual presentation semantics, has been used to prepare printable versions of the pages;

  • XEP by RenderX has been used to convert XSL FO (XSLFO) descriptions to PDF, thus bridging the new standard to preexisting basis of high-quality printing.

The interaction between various components is shown at the diagram. Only few transitions are now active; all others are still in the TODO list .

Here you can find a document illustrating XEP's role in the formatting transitions on the diagram - a schematic representation of the chessgame viewer sample.

The XML representation of the content is processed by several independent XSL stylesheets that generate various presentation formats: HTML, XSL FO, and -- soon -- WML. XSL FO (XSLFO) is further converted to PDF. There are two stylesheets for XSL FO (XSLFO): one places each page into a separate document (aligned with the HTML site structure); the other packs the whole site into one booklet.

News

August 28, 2013
VisualXSL 2.4.5 released

Cell spanning, conditional rows. Reusable/referable blocks. Conditional and Choose blocks. New property fields, improved UI.
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August 8, 2013
XEP 4.22 released

External PDF injection:
entire document, specific page;
improved Sec. 508 accessibility;
bugfixes in SVG gradients;
DocBench: oXygen Editor 15
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October 25, 2012
XEP 4.21 released

Extended Sec. 508 accessibility,
improvements in bidi algorithm,
XEPOUT diagnostics, bugfixes,
DocBench: oXygen Editor 14.1
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July 23, 2012
XEP 4.20 released

New Java and Windows installers,
multicolumn footnote balancing,
GNU FreeFonts, bugfixes,
DocBench: oXygen XML Editor 14
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June 8, 2012
CloudFormatting services launched

CloudFormatter’s initial release:
Cloud-based, high-performance;
SOAP or REST services;
easy integration.
More news...


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