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   Re: Future of Formatting Objects (XSL/FO)

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  • From: tpassin@home.com
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 22:17:20 -0400

Rick JELLIFFE writes -
> Knuth made an interesting comment about TeX that there will always be
> the need to hand-tune some pages. For example, if there is a large
> anchored graphic that breaks onto the next page, causing large amounts
> of whitespace on the previous page. Or if a chapter ends with a couple
> of lines on a recto (odd) page.

Yes, and let's remember that Knuth says he made a design decision to cover
only 99% of situations that would come up.  He designed it for his own use
first, and he felt that it would be quicker and better to hand-tune his
pages once in a while than to try to write the code and get it working.  He
was interested in very low-rate, one-of-a-kind production of the highest
quality possible.

It seems that we're not sure of the intended use of FOs - high quality, low
volume, or high volume, lower quality.  Could one system do both well???

Tom Passin

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