[jdom-interest] XSL-FO reverse engineer

mike at saxonica.com mike at saxonica.com
Sat Apr 15 05:26:37 PDT 2006

If you're going to write this in Java, then working with JDOM is probably
as good a way as any. However, this is an up-conversion task, and I would
think the job would be much easier to do in XSLT rather than Java, because
of its ability to match patterns in the input (and XSLT 2.0 is better than
1.0 for this kind of job because of its grouping capabilities and regular
expression handling). If you use XSLT to write the logic, then it really
doesn't matter much which object model is used underneath.

Michael Kay

Original Message:
From: Alan Boldock alan at boldenterprise.com.au
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 15:12:17 +0930
To: jdom-interest at jdom.org
Subject: [jdom-interest] XSL-FO reverse engineer

Hi Group, 

I do hope this group is still active?  

I have an issue that I've been asked to resolve (no sorry my boss as said
fix it or else!) 

We have a proprietary system that generates XSL-FO output. This output is
then formatted into PDF files and sent out by various methods (email, fax,

The data is medical pathology results (however that’s not important) 

What I need to do is take these XSL-FO files and somehow get them back into
raw XML format for further processing by another system. I do have access to
the XSL file that generates these XSL-FO files. 

Now it's been a long time since I've tinkered with Java so pointers to if
JDom is the correct technology for this and/or alternatives that I might
need to look at. 

I'm happy to do a bunch of research on this project as it's fairly mission

Thanks for your help

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