Hi, let me give you a summary from my experiance with the today FOP (0.20.3) which I collected in the last month.
My goal was to produce a label for direct printing on a printer. The format which should do the work was PCL to use any printer. Since I had to concern on labels I choosed SVG to create labels and my intention was to imbed those SVG documents in one FO document. As soon as I started with FOP I recognized, PCL and SVG doesn't like each other. The PCLRenderer can't do anything with SVG. So, I forgot the any printer approach and said to myself let's use a Postscript printer and try the PSRenderer. The result was at least a Postscript document, but not worth to show it to a customer. The only acceptable format came from the PDFRenderer. But have you heared from a PDF printer? If yes, please let me know and give me some prices. For performance reasons I prefer of course PCL directly printing to any printer using the Java Communications API. I hope that people read this, who are also involved in the writing of FOP documents and pay attention in their first lines of the documents of the following: 1. It should be clear for anyone from the very first beginning when working with FOP that FOP works fine when PDF should be the result. 2. That it also work fine when you stay in the FO namespace and create your stylesheets with FO. 3. That it does a worthless job when you create SVG stylesheets and embed them in FO in hope that you get out PCL or PS. The reason why to embed SVG in FO is clear. There is no visual FO editor out there. So you can not give your customer the freedom to create their own stylesheets. But there are a few visual SVG editors which allow the customer to do right this. I used WebDraw from Jasc Software, Inc. and it does a great job. Hopefully, I didn't hurt anyone with my comments. regards, Darya __________________________________________________________________ Gesendet von Yahoo! Mail - http://mail.yahoo.de Yahoo! präsentiert als offizieller Sponsor das Fußball-Highlight des Jahres: - http://www.FIFAworldcup.com