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Re: [xsl] Converting XML into ODT document to print as paper

2020-09-28 16:34:23
Note that the original driving use case for The Wordinator was specifically to 
generate DOCX files for use by people who want to use those DOCX files for 
further editing (in particular, DOCX versions of codified municipal code used 
as the input to code revision processes).

But the requirement was to have the DOCX look as much like the printed version 
as reasonable, so Wordinator lets you use most Word features for layout, 
including tables, embedded media, variable page layouts, running heads and 
feet, etc.

As such it functions as an inexpensive way to get decent quality printable 
versions of documents.

Of course, I would never present it as an alternative to a direct-to-PDF 
lights-out composition process as other have described. In that context, I 
agree with the general advice to use a CSS Paged Media solution (which the 
client who drove The Wordinator also used for the same content).



Eliot Kimber

On 9/28/20, 3:53 PM, "Eliot Kimber ekimber(_at_)contrext(_dot_)com" 
<xsl-list-service(_at_)lists(_dot_)mulberrytech(_dot_)com> wrote:

     My Wordinator project (http://wordinator.org/) provides a general XML to 
DOCX framework that uses the Apache POI library to generate full-featured Word 
docs from a simple XML format that you can generate from whatever. I provide a 
basic HTML transform as a starting point. 

    Eliot Kimber

    On Sep 24, 2020, at 2:57 AM, Manuel Souto Pico 
<xsl-list-service(_at_)lists(_dot_)mulberrytech(_dot_)com> wrote:

    Dear all, 

    I would need to convert XML to something that has a fixed page layout ready 
to print, like ODT/OOXML or PDF. 

    I know OOXML is complex, but since the final document needs to be printed 
and keep the same layout, probably HTML output is not good for this (I guess!).

    What I need at the moment is just a quick and dirty proof of concept to 
show that this conversion is feasible and not too difficult, to show it to 
decision makers (I'm not a XSLT developer myself).

    This is my input (sample): 


    And this would be my output:


    My first thought was to unzip the ODT model I have, look at the content.xml 
inside and then try to transform my XML into that same structure (as suggested 

    However, probably that's the hard way... 

    I'm doing some research, any tips or pointers or advice or recommendation 
or examples here would be highly appreciated. Is there any best practice to do 
this? or a ready-made solution?

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers, Manuel

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