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Adding style to XML documents using XSLT and possibly XSL:FO

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I am trying to add styles to my XML documents. In the past I have achieved this simply by including "style" and "class" attributes, and then copying those into the generated HTML.

I was considering adding CSS-like attributes to my XML elements (like in source below) to ease the transformation into formats such as PDF to avoid heavy processing on the "style" attribute. This should be easy to translate into HTML because I could simply concatenate all attributes within the "fx" namespace into a single "style" attribute.

From my searches on Google it seems as though XSL:FO is an absolute must for creating PDF files. I have never used FO before; is this what I need to use? If it is, how would I transform such "fx" styles from the source document?

Does Saxon support the XSL formatting objects?
<paragraph fx:text-align="center" fx:font-weight="bold">
   Bold text with center alignment.
</paragraph>

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I think that you are right, CSS should suit my needs for now.

Just to clarify:
    Step 1: XML document is transformed into XSL:FO using XSLT.
    Step 2: XSL:FO is then transformed into PDF using a processor like FOP.

If at a later stage I found myself needing XSL:FO, can I be assured that there is at least one way to simulate the of each of the CSS styles?

Thanks Geert!!
Gertone (Geert Bormans)Information Architect
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Your clarification
Step 1: yes, though you can use other means to create XSL:FO, other than XSLT (example pull the XSL:FO directly from a database, use scripting language ...)
Step 2: correct

XSL:FO is richer than CSS, so you would find an alternative for each style (other than the sound and pitch ones)

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Fantastic!

Thanks again Gertone for your excellent guidance!
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