My suggestion was *not* to merge the two!

iText is a Java API with a document creation focus.  In this day and age,
XSL:FO can be viewed as just another document type - in the same way that
more proprietary or older formats are (that is, PDF, RTF, etc.).

Now XSL:FO is different in that you can't just double click on one and see
something.  But the FOP project comes close.

Making iText (optionally) output xsl:fo would greatly extend its potential
applications and make it squarely standards based.

I would like to think that someday, StarOffice, Wordperfect, etc. would
either natively use xsl:fo as their file storage format or at least be able
to import it.

Having something like iText that *programatically* create documents is very

-----Original Message-----
From: Keiron Liddle [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 3:53 AM
Subject: [iText-questions] Re: merging two libraries


 From the archives it appears that the discussion on the fop-dev list was 
about 2 years ago (no apparent refusal though). It is certainly time to 

 From the small amount of information I know about iText it would appear 
to be a more advanced pdf library.
I don't know what the license issues might be.

What sort of joining forces are you proposing?

Please send to the fop-dev list for further discussion.


On 2002.03.12 09:27 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm not familiar with FOP, but I can't help noticing
> that people are moving from FOP to iText and vice versa. As original 
> developer of iText, a JAVA-PDF library, I already
> proposed you guys at Apache twice to join forces and to combine
> both libraries. I now subscribe to this mailing list only to
> ask you a third time to reconsider your refusal. Please read these mails 
> from some iText/FOP users:

> .html Please send your answers to the iText mailing list.
> You don't need to subscribe, I will pass them through.
> Remark: sorry, but due to the lack of time to read all
> my mail as it is, I will now unsubscribe from the FOP
> mailing list. kind regards,
> Bruno Lowagie

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