Software, to put text on a sequence of sheets of paper.
To some extend visual rendering systems might count as the same.
See also the jade DSSSL engine,
which produces actually only input to various TextFormattingSystem's.
Notes on useable systems
- pdfxmltex + passivetex
pdfxmltex can be used as backend formatter
is supported as the (intented) primary means to produce [[PDF]] from [[XSL]]-[[FO]],
though it's not yet widely used, while the historical alternatives are.
To render an fo element by xmlroff, return an output
element enclosing the [[FO]] element like this:
Note: using xmlroff is slow even for small pages
(furthermore, for the sake of security,
such a huge amount of unsafe code (written in C) is better beeing run
as an unpriviliged user, which deters performance even more),
so don't stress it too heavily.
PDF files from xmlroff (of version 0.2.4) are huuuge
and too many features are missing.
- CSS a [[W3C]] standard, supported by many browsers.
there's a command line tool css2xslfo
(java) which produces decent PDF - TODO that should get support here.
- TeX / LaTeX
- TeX / [[LaTeX]]
Supported yet completed. See cpan.
integrated, see lout template.
Unfortunately Jeff Kinston decided not to maintain the PDF backend anymore.
Lout backend for jade
- roff in it's various forms nroff, troffm, groff etc.
- used by the man subsystem
- supported see htmldoc template,
fast, simple, easy to use, much less features than lout.