Cheers for the Prince

by Kurt Cagle

A few years ago, I was briefly involved with a publishing company that was interested in packaging and producing eBooks. The challenges that we faced in trying to go from client submissions in Word, the occasional PDF and even straight text files proved to be daunting, largely because these works would in general place such a requirement on editors that it was not cost-effective enough to be a viable model. Most people working with Word have only a limited understanding and therefore use for word styles, and the notion of even more stringent structured documents was completely foreign to them.


8 Comments

Theo
2007-12-02 13:54:33
Prince may be good and all, but this site is starting to sound like it's been bought.
Kurt Cagle
2007-12-02 14:43:11
Nope. I do not get paid for writing blog posts to XML.com, nor do I get endorsements or compensation from any product or project that I write about. I generally steer clear of endorsing anything that could result in a conflict of interest. There are just times I come across things that I think are worth bringing to a broader audience ... this is one of them.
Rams
2007-12-02 22:17:15
Does anyone know of an open source program with similar functionality ?
Forget it
2007-12-03 02:19:41
I saw the video that the guy gave at Google and they came over as two clueless techies not marketeers.
The version for windows is free for personal use - but not open.
Michael Day
2007-12-03 02:51:25
Thanks for the positive write up Kurt!


This clueless techie is at XML 2007 right now, and would be happy to chat to anyone in the vicinity about Prince, CSS, XML, or whatever else is on your mind :)


(Also, come in on Tuesday night, when I will be giving a lightning round presentation on printing XML with CSS).

NoneOfYourBusiness
2007-12-03 04:04:42
Rams - (pdf)(la)tex has been doing this stuff better for years
AndrewO
2007-12-03 07:14:12
NoYB: It's a good thing the Web is written in LaTeX then...
brad clements
2007-12-07 14:10:16
While not exactly the same as prince, css2xslfo is similar in basic functionality. It's license is "Public Domain" (according to sf homepage)


http://www.re.be/css2xslfo/