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DiType turns manuscripts into type. Built in and for the digital age, it presents the type in PDF, PostScript and other page description languages, and accepts manuscripts in a number of popular XML markup vocabularies.

DiType User Guide  (PDF)

XSL Tutorial

DiType is a sophisticated program; it makes better type than a human typesetter would and produces layouts that would otherwise require a lot of tedious trial-and-error work.

The architecture of DiType is based on experience gathered during the lifetime of XEP and widely uses open technologies and protocols.

The heart of DiType is XSL FO rendering engine, accompanied by input format converters and output generators.


XSL 1.0 Recommendation

XSL 1.1 Recommendation

Adobe PDF


DiType conforms to Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Version 1.0, a W3C recommendation. It also supports a subset of XSL 1.1 recommendation. DiType outputs formatted documents in Adobe PDF version 1.4 and PostScript level 3 formats.

DiType is written in Common Lisp (the core) and Python (the rest) and runs on FreeBSD, Linux, Microsoft Windows XP, Mac OS X.


User's view


DiType architects designed the version with optimal performance for most uses. DiType is intended for use:

  • as a personal tool by documentation authors, invoked manually as a command-line application, automatically from a Makefile or a batch build script, or via a plugin from an authoring environment of their choice;
  • as a server component for on-demand rendering, used to process user requests and produce formatted reports;
  • as a part of an automatic high-throughput publishing pipeline.

DiType is built from components connected by well-documented protocols. External interfaces are based on industry-standard protocols and APIs. These features provide for easy and efficient continued development of DiType through improvements in quality, performance and addition of new features. The project is expected to have a long life, and the software to be easily adaptable to customer needs.

Licensing Information

DiType is a combination of software and sample documents. DiType Trial is available for download for evaluation purposes only (excluding the commercialization of information technology products), subject to the terms of the Trial Software License Agreement.



February 18, 2015
XEP 4.24 released

New RenderX extension:
page scaling in PDF backend;
bugfixes related to:
SVG, PDF images, accessibility.
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January 16, 2015
VisualXSL 2.4.6 released

x64 platform reliability.
Paragraph Editor bugfix.
Display Font Size bugfix.
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July 15, 2014
XEP 4.23 released

Improved Sec. 508 accessibility:
new RenderX extensions;
relaxed input requirements; several bugfixes in SVG;
DocBench: oXygen Editor 16
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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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