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In my work with streams of bi-directional characters in a file, I found it
awkward to confirm my test files had the correct Unicode characters for
Recognizing the power of the character formatting in XSL-FO, I wrote a
simple Python utility that dumps the character contents of a file, showing
the glyph of the character and the character's hexadecimal Unicode code
point. At this time abbreviations are shown for only a very few of the
many Unicode characters that don't have glyphs, but the ones needed for
bidirectionality are supported.
This utility creates an XSL-FO file ready for processing without using or
needing to use XSLT. This demonstrates the use of XSL-FO strictly as a
layout language for the output of a general-purpose text-processing utility.
It is available for free download ... follow the "Resource Library (free
developer tools)" link from our home page noted below.
I hope this is found to be useful. Comments are more than welcome!
cc: XML-Dev, XSL-LIST, WWW-XSL-FO, Yahoo-XSL-FO
Upcoming hands-on in-depth XSLT/XPath and/or XSL-FO:
- North America: Feb 3 - Feb 7,2003
G. Ken Holman mailto:gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com
Crane Softwrights Ltd. http://www.CraneSoftwrights.com/x/
Box 266, Kars, Ontario CANADA K0A-2E0 +1(613)489-0999 (F:-0995)
ISBN 0-13-065196-6 Definitive XSLT and XPath
ISBN 0-13-140374-5 Definitive XSL-FO
ISBN 1-894049-08-X Practical Transformation Using XSLT and XPath
ISBN 1-894049-10-1 Practical Formatting Using XSL-FO
Next conference training: 2002-12-08,03-03,06