XML News from Saturday, August 25, 2007

The XML Apache Project has posted version 0.94 of FOP, an open source XSL Formatting Objects to PDF/PostScript/RTF converter written in Java. This release can auto-detect installed fonts, supports the collapsing-border model in tables, improves internal links, and features more Unicode savvy line breaking

FOP's improving, and it's good enough for simple protoyping and experimenting. However it's still not close to ready for most serious production needs. There are just too many missing pieces. The most important ones for my needs are automatic table layout and floating images. Hopefully these will be improved in future releases in the push to 1.0.