Chapter 1. Introduction

XMLmind XSL-FO Converter (XFC for short) is an XSL-FO processor similar to Apache FOP, RenderX XEP or Antenna House XSL Formatter. Unlike the aforementioned processors which all renders XSL-FO as PDF and PostScript®, XMLmind XSL-FO Converter converts XSL-FO v1.0 to the following formats:

That is, XMLmind XSL-FO Converter translates one format, XSL-FO v1.0, to the file formats of the two most commonly used word processors, Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org Writer.

Working at a higher level than the other XSL-FO processors, XMLmind XSL-FO Converter has intrinsic limitations which are detailed in Section 2, “Limitations”. Despite these limitations, XMLmind XSL-FO Converter allows to process very elaborate XSL-FO files. In practice, you should be able to reuse as is the XSLT style sheets (which generate XSL-FO) that you have developed to convert your XML documents to PDF.

About Evaluation Edition

Do not be surprised because XMLmind XSL-FO Converter Evaluation Edition generates output containing random duplicate letters. Of course, this does not happen with Professional Edition!

Note

The target audience of this document is a developer or an integrator, that is, a technical person and not an end user. End users, that is persons who need to convert XML documents to a variety of formats, are more likely to use XMLmind XSL Utility, a handy graphical tool, which is available in a separate, self-contained, distribution.