Rhett Aultman wrote at 29 Jan 2003 10:33:21 -0500:
 > Any attempt FOP has at laying rules for layout is going to be
 > applying heuristics.  It would be interesting to be able to expose
 > the heuristics and allow for programmer/user control of them.
 > Still, until more of this materializes, I think we're getting
 > famous French mathematicians before the equine species (...getting
 > DesCartes before the horse, or "de cart before the horse"...bad
 > joke)

This is essentially what the Sun xmlroff XSL Formatter will do.

Unfortunately the only information that I can point to right now is my
slides from XML 2002, but after the area tree is built, there will be
an 'Area Tree Adjust' stage (yet to be written) where code in loadable
modules can tweak the area tree within the limits of the .minimum and
.maximum of the various properties in the formatting object tree.

Since different people have different speed-quality priorities, the
design allows choices for layout rules (once the choices are written,


Tony Graham
XML Technology Center - Dublin
Sun Microsystems Ireland Ltd                       Phone: +353 1 8199708
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