The problem with stylesheet currently is that, while there have been
standards in the form of DSSSL, most (all) SGML software has used
application-specific stylesheets.  Some, like ADEPT, have a companion
publication piece that is designed to generate nicely printed output.
Softquad marketed a Author/Editor to Quark like to that purpose.  If you
are using SGML within WordPerfect, one uses WordPerfect's style
conventions to generate print output.  Similarly, Microsoft's SGML
Author for Word will produce a nice printed Word document from an SGML

The XSL style language will hopefully rectify that, as Ricky Erway
pointed out in an earlier message today.  Ideally XSL will let one
produce a nicely formated print copy from the SGML/XML file using a
non-proprietary style language.   The XSL specification has not yet been
finalized.  But I do believe that there are already one or two freeware
products that will convert an XML file into an RTF document.


Michael Fox
Head of Processing
Minnesota Historical Society
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St. Paul MN 55102-1906
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fax:  612-296-9961
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>From:  Philip Curtis[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent:  Tuesday, May 05, 1998 2:11 PM
>To:    Multiple recipients of list EAD
>Subject:       Source of EAD finding aids -Reply
>>Style sheets should handle all on-demand
>>output requirements -- a style sheet for on-line display, a style
>>sheet for a paper copy, one for a Braille version, ...  Changes would
>>then be made in only one place.
>Speaking of which, does anyone have a style sheet for paper copy
>which creates a table of contents and formats pages in an intelligent way
>(i.e. doesn't put a title by itself at the bottom of the page, etc.). Could
>someone explain how to do this, or point me to an example?
>Phil Curtis
>Getty Research Institute
>Special Collections