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Oct 01, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Bartlett)

"Last time we introduced you to the simple tools you can use to do typesetting with the Document Style Semantics and Specification Language (DSSSL). In this concluding look at the topic, we'll look at some more advanced techniques, and at how to get your typeset documents printed.

"DSSSL is more than just a styling language like CSS. It is a full programming language, which means you can have stylesheets that are as complex and context-sensitive as you want. You can have if statements, procedures, and loops in your stylesheet, and you can custom-process XML documents yourself. DSSSL is based on the Scheme programming language. We will not delve into Scheme programming here, so if we lose you, just skip to the next section until you've had a chance to read up on it..."

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