Thanks for the information.  Working with a DOM tree
saves one the step of needing to place input data into
XML first.  So retaining this functionality in 1.0
will keep the flexibility to users in how they can
approach a report-generation task.  I guess we should
keep it in then.

Thanks,
Glen

--- Manuel Mall <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Glen,
> 
> A 1. We do preload an FO file into a DOM tree,
> navigate it, do manipulations, and then send it
> off to be published into PDF.
> 
> A 2. At the time it seemed the easier way of doing
> it.
> Would we still be doing it again instead of using
> XSLT?
> Hmm, our input data is not in XML but comes from a
> RDBMS and other sources. So we would have to convert
> this into custom XML and restructure our current FO
> files to become XSLT stylesheets. Its doable and
> would
> certainly be more "standards compliant". Would it be
> simpler / easier? As it stands now for any
> formatting
> changes we just edit the FO file. In future it would
> mean
> editing the XSL file => No loss or gain. For data
> structure
> changes we need to modify the FO file and the code 
> setting up the final DOM tree. In future we would
> need
> to change the XSL and the code creating the XML 
> from the data => Again no loss or gain.
> 
> Manuel
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Glen Mazza" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> 
> 
> > Thanks--you're the first I've heard using it.
> > 
> > May I ask:  
> > 
> > 1) Do you manually create the FO document from
> scratch
> > similar to the first example I gave in my previous
> > email?  Or, do you preload an FO file into a DOM
> tree,
> > navigate it, do minor manipulations, and then send
> it
> > off to be published into PDF?
> > 
> > 2) Is using DOM Trees an optimal way for you to do
> > your work, or is it just legacy code you don't
> wish to
> > disturb?  (I.e., if you had to rewrite it from the
> > beginning, would you still use DOM Trees?)
> > 
> > Glen
> > 
> > --- Manuel Mall <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > > 
> > > From: "Glen Mazza" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> > > 
> > > 
> > > > Team,
> > > > 
> > > > But does anyone generate FO documents via DOM
> > > Trees
> > > > anymore?
> > > 
> > > Yes, we do in a back office "fop intensive"
> server
> > > application.
> > > 
> > > Manuel
> > > 
> 
> 

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