XSL-FO is about formatting XML data for output.
Before you study XSL-FO you should have a basic understanding of XML and XML Namespaces.
If you want to study these subjects first, please read our XML Tutorial.
XSL-FO describes the formatting of XML data for output to screen, paper or other media.
Why this confusion? Is XSL-FO and XSL the same thing?
Yes it is, but we will give you an explanation:
Styling is both about transforming and formatting information. When the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) made their first XSL Working Draft, it contained the language syntax for both transforming and formatting XML documents.
Later, the Working Group at W3C split the original draft into separate Recommendations:
The rest of this tutorial is about formatting XML documents: XSL-FO, also called XSL.
XSL-FO became a W3C Recommendation 15. October 2001. Formally named XSL.
To read more about the XSL activities at W3C please read our W3C Tutorial.
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