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Integrating XSL-FO with enterprise reporting

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • This paper discusses a project to integrate the processing of XSLormatting Objects (XSL-FO) within an enterprise reporting solution. The software components utilised in the implementation form part of Oracle eBusiness Suite.owever, the findings from this project are applicable to a range of XML-based technologies, independent of vendor. Theeport Manager (Wood,004) project is unusual in a number of ways, the main one being the use of Microsoftxcel spreadsheets as a medium for XSL-FO output, as well as for editing the XSL-FO templates.xcel is ubiquitous in business, and it is the expected familiarity of our target users with this tool that motivates this approach. The spreadsheet medium also provides users with additional means for interacting with the data and performing further analysis. It has clear advantages over PDF orTML output for this purpose. XSL-FO provides a high degree of control over the visual representation of an XML document, in an output-independent manner. The same template can be used to render a document to PDF,TML andxcel (as well as any other output media supported by the XSL-FO rendering engine). This enables users to select the output medium that is most appropriate for the task at hand.TML is useful for previewing the report in a browser without loading any external applications. PDF output gives the most accurate representation of the printed document, and is platform-independent. XSL-FO also meets the need for high-fidelity presentation of published reports. The end goal of such a project is to achieve pixel perfect reproduction of the document, on all of the available output media. This paper will discuss the extent to which we believe we achieved that goal, and the challenges that we have faced in doing so. © 2005 Oracle Corporation.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Moores, M. T., & Leggett, K. (2005). Integrating XSL-FO with enterprise reporting. In AusWeb05: 11th Australasian World Wide Web Conference.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84873264918

Web Of Science Accession Number


Abstract


  • This paper discusses a project to integrate the processing of XSLormatting Objects (XSL-FO) within an enterprise reporting solution. The software components utilised in the implementation form part of Oracle eBusiness Suite.owever, the findings from this project are applicable to a range of XML-based technologies, independent of vendor. Theeport Manager (Wood,004) project is unusual in a number of ways, the main one being the use of Microsoftxcel spreadsheets as a medium for XSL-FO output, as well as for editing the XSL-FO templates.xcel is ubiquitous in business, and it is the expected familiarity of our target users with this tool that motivates this approach. The spreadsheet medium also provides users with additional means for interacting with the data and performing further analysis. It has clear advantages over PDF orTML output for this purpose. XSL-FO provides a high degree of control over the visual representation of an XML document, in an output-independent manner. The same template can be used to render a document to PDF,TML andxcel (as well as any other output media supported by the XSL-FO rendering engine). This enables users to select the output medium that is most appropriate for the task at hand.TML is useful for previewing the report in a browser without loading any external applications. PDF output gives the most accurate representation of the printed document, and is platform-independent. XSL-FO also meets the need for high-fidelity presentation of published reports. The end goal of such a project is to achieve pixel perfect reproduction of the document, on all of the available output media. This paper will discuss the extent to which we believe we achieved that goal, and the challenges that we have faced in doing so. © 2005 Oracle Corporation.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Moores, M. T., & Leggett, K. (2005). Integrating XSL-FO with enterprise reporting. In AusWeb05: 11th Australasian World Wide Web Conference.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84873264918

Web Of Science Accession Number