Hans Hagen wrote on the mailing list 2004-07-15:
I will add basic support for XML formatting objects to the ConTeXt distribution. Because this is not of interest to everyone, especially not if you want high quality output and/or control etc etc i've set up a dedicated list for this http://www.ntg.nl/mailman/listinfo/foxet
So, feel free to join. There will not be much trafic in the beginning because i want to start discussion when those who are interested are on the list. And yes, there will be a paper and a screen manual (sample see below). And no, i will not code the documents in XML :-)
The basic idea is the following:
- x-fo.tex : base module x-fe.tex : a few basic extensions
- x-fd.tex : definitions (fonts, color)
- x-fx.tex : more interesting extensions
and maybe on your own machine:
- x-fu.tex : user extensions
The x-fx is something we have to discuss on the list since we need format specs for that.
For those not interested, you may consider XML/FO support to be yet another graphic format since one day or the other you may end up with placed XML/FO (TeX and XML/FO can therefore be used mixed).
The attached foxet.pdf contained:
You can process a file containing so called XML formatting objects by issuing the commands:
texexec --pdf --use=foxet yourfile.fo texexec --pdf --use=foxet yourfile.xml texexec --pdf --use=foxet yourfile.xyz --xml
The shortcut --foxet can be used instead:
texexec --foxet --pdf yourfile.fox
If your file does not need graphics and/or cross references, you can do with one run and gain some speed by using the --once directive.