Re: [xep-support] XEP compared to FOP 0.94

From: Philippe Nobili <>
Date: Mon Aug 04 2008 - 08:43:05 PDT


Thanks for the explanation, I will check this. The "bitmaps" (usually
PNG images) imported from our SVG graphics seem also to have gone away
during the PDF rendering. Any thoughts about this ?

Thank again for the help,

Roy Dennington wrote:
> Philippe,
> We make extensive use of SVG for equations, and they render perfectly.
> Rendering problems occur when a font is not registered properly in xep.xml
> OR the font does not support UNICODE.
> Regards,
> Roy
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> On Behalf Of Philippe Nobili
> Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 2:29 AM
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> Subject: [xep-support] XEP compared to FOP 0.94
> We have just installed a personal version of XEP to evaluate whether it is
> worth investing in it for publishing our DocBook/XML documents in PDF ; we
> currently perform our printed document generation using FOP (0.94) from the
> XML authoring tool XMLMind. There are a couple of things that XEP does
> obviously better or simply supports: floats, better page breaks, better
> space reservation, etc etc
> *But*, they are a couple of fundamental features that surprisingly do not
> seem to work, or do not work as well as with FOP:
> - SVG images are not correctly handled: the text is sometime missing, the
> integrated bitmaps if any are always missing
> - PNG image resolution is odd: we sometime end up with very small images in
> printed outputs, whereas with FOP our image size is similar in HTML and PDF
> (we never specify image scales in our XML documents, we rather resize them
> outside for an optimal rendering both on HTML and printed documents).
> - Transparent PNG images are not correctly processed; the transparent part
> is replaced by a solid black area
> Without these, it would not make sense for us to switch to XEP; are these
> problems known ? could they be due partly to the way XEP is invoked from our
> side ? (through the ad-hoc XMLMind addon) ?
> Thanks for any hints.
> Philippe.


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