From: Nikolai Grigoriev (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Mar 08 2004 - 00:32:04 PST
> I use xep to transform an xml file to xsl-fo and then render the pdf,
> so i use xep to perform 2 steps. I was wondering if performance
> gains could be achieved by separating out the transform step?
For XEP 3.7.x, there is a chance to increase performance
if you do the transformation in a slightly different manner:
- make your transformer an XMLReader (e.g. by using
- specify it as parser to create a SAXSource, and then pass
the result to FormatterImpl.render().
(This advice is applicable only to 3.7: we expect that XEP 3.8
will have the identical performance when called either way).
1. Try not to call cleanup() too often. This method cleans up
internal caches for fonts and images, and subsequent calls
to the formatter will have to re-parse the fonts (which actually
takes quite a bit of time). If you are using a closed set of
images and fonts, than it is advisable to call cleanup()
only once, when the FormatterImpl object is disposed of.
2. FormatterImpl is a costly object, but it's thread safe.
Unless you need several different configurations simultaneously,
you can consider creating a single static instance, and access it from
several threads. You can easily create many FOTransformer
objects from a single Formatter: they don't interfere with each other.
(Please note that FOTransformer is reusable but _not_ thread safe:
it can transform several documents in sequence, but not in
parallel. This limitation is due to JAXP, and is outside our control).
> Perhaps I could use Xalan or Saxon to do the transform and
> pass xep the xslfo to render? I beleive xep uses JAXP...and
> maybe using another transformation engine (with freedom
> to optimise the engine) woudl help.
JAXP is just an interface, implemented by both Saxon and Xalan.
You can control which engine is picked by setting a system
property, javax.xml.transform.TransformerFactory, to the
class name of the desired implementation. Please also note
that FOTransformer can be constructed from a JAXP Transformer
object; you can pass an explicitly created Xalan or Saxon
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