W. Eliot Kimber wrote: > My frustration stems from the fact that FOP, as good as it is, is simply > not ready for general use--it implements too few features of FO and has > too many implementation bugs to be considered a candidate for any sort > of production use except in the most constrained use cases.
The first part of this statement is probably true, the second seems biased toward your personal experiences. I think there are quite a few places where FOP is used in a production environment. > My frustration is not that FOP can't do this stuff--it is still in early > development--but that the FOP documentation doesn't make it clear that > it can't do this stuff. If one reads the documentation, including the > limitations, it would appear that FOP implements almost everything in > FO--the list of features listed as explicitly not supported is very > short. But my tests, and a look at the FOP to-dos, make it clear that > FOP is much more limited. This leads to a serious mismatch between > expectations and reality. Fair enough. I submitted and Keiron committed to the CVS repository this past week a document that attempts to do a better job of this. It combines the "implemented" and "limitations" pages with a complete list of the objects and properties in the standard. It has a place to list comments. I am not sure what the cycle is for updating our web site from the CVS docs right now, but I think that document will be visible after the next update. The truth is that this document will need to be heavily updated to give the complete picture, but I think it is a step in the right direction, and gives us a place to pull this information together. I encourage you to look for it on the FOP web site(entitled "Compliance"), and then help us get it cleaned up. If you don't want to download & change the CVS, send your comments to me & I'll work on getting them into the doc. Some of our most valuable developers have invested quite a bit into getting the documentation system more automated (using Apache Forrest). That is starting to bear fruit, but the truth is that our doc content has gotten a bit backed up while that effort was underway. If you have an interest in helping us get the doc up to speed, then you jumped in a good time. > Thus, I would like to urge the FOP team to be more clear about the > current limitations in FOP--list every property value and required > behavior that isn't yet implemented. Also, be clear that, at its current > level of development, FOP is not suited for production use. It's fine I agree with the clarity part, but the judgment call about production use should be left to the user. Victor Mote (mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]) Enterprise Outfitters (www.outfitr.com) 2025 Eddington Way Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916 Voice 719-622-0650, Fax 720-293-0044 --------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] For additional commands, email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]