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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-15 17:22:53

on Mon Mar 12 2007, "John Maddock" <> wrote:

>> Except that the conversion to pdf didn't work using FOP (but as I
>> recall, for problems with graphics being inefficient for graphics
>> using bitmaps not vectors, and we didn't manage the equations in
>> MathML rather than intrinsic problems?)
> Basically FOP sucks. I'm sorry, but it's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
> The interesting thing is the commercial alternative (RenderX) works very
> well, so clearly it can be done.
> Sadly writing a complete docbook->pdf converter in three months sounds a bit
> ambitious - pity 'cos I bet a lot of projects besides Boost could use it.

It's not that hard if you go through LaTeX. You just need a
converter from docbook (the QB output format) to LaTeX, and pdflatex
does the rest.

And it's pretty easy to make this work on Windows under Cygwin, too.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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