Here is some more feedback from a long time FOP user.
I am ABSOLUTELY THRILLED by the new release.
I have used it to create a number of PDF documents from Docbook/XML sources
and the results are excellent! Thanks a million for this.
While I don't agree that lack of automated table layout is a deal breaker,
I do agree that it is probably the *most* *important* feature yet to be
especially for new users.
Since the auto table layout handling is based on the rules for CSS (and
says so in the spec),
it seems a shame there isn't a reusable library somewhere for this.
Since lack of auto-table layout is a FAQ, (or FEC frequently expressed
it might be a good idea to post some XSLT workarounds. For example,
simply divide the available space by the number of columns, or you might
grab the longest string, multiply times the m-width, and use that, or...
Obviously it gets very complicated, which is why it isn't implemented
yet :-) but I suspect
several people like myself have written various workarounds in XSLT
which could be
posted on a wiki page or in a FAQ somewhere. Just a thought...