XSL Formattter V4
Last updated: July 30, 2008
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V4.3 Overview
How XSL Formatter Works
PDF Output
Font Support
Graphic Support
Hyphenation Support
WordMLToFO Transformation
XSL-FO Conformance
SVG Conformance
SVG 1.1 Test Suite
MathML Conformance
MathML Test Suite
PostScript ® Output Option
XPS Output Option
Chart Option
Web Interface for Formatter
SVG Output Option
MathML Option
Barcode Option
WordMLToFO Stylesheet
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XSL Formatter Q&A
Upgrade from V3.X, 4.X to V4.3
See also V4.3 Lite
V4.3 Lite Overview

XSL Formatter V4.3 offers support for 64 bit Windows Systems, CGM images (as an option), INX output (as an option) Unicode 5.0, PDF Acrobat Forms (AcroForms), PDF Digital Signatures, PDF/A, PostScript Output (as an option) and numerous other enhancements.

Antenna House XSL Formatter V4.3 is the first XSL-FO product to offer support for CGM images, INX output and full implementation of all the new features in the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Version 1.1 recommended from the W3C. See also "XSL-FO 1.1 Conformance".

Antenna House XSL Formatter V4.3 offers all the features (GUI, support for over 50 languages, PDF generation), W3C compliance, extensions, the significantly enhanced performance, unlimited document size and SVG support, vector support for EMF and WMF, new output capabilities through the new INX Creator Option and CGM Option, MathML native drawing, WordML transformation, XSL Report Designer integration, support for SVG output by SVG Output Option, PANTONE® color support by PANTONE® Option and Web Service Interface to support the use of XSL Formatter via the Internet, dwawing of Microsoft® Excel Chart by Chart Option, the two-pass formatting that makes it possible to format huge documents, high quality EPS embedding in PDF. In addition V4.3 offers the enhanced PDF features, AcroForms, PDF/A, PDF1.7, PostScript output, PDF Digital Signature and numerous other enhancements by AXF extension. New to XSL Formatter is the XPS Output Option that enables the outout of XPS (XML Paper SpecificationI) files.

Antenna House XSL Formatter V4 can transform an XML document into XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) by using XSL stylesheets or work directly with an XSL-FO file, format the XSL-FO, and output it to either a PDF file or if on a Windows system directly to a printer.

XSL Formatter V4.3 is based on Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Version 1.1.


High speed

V4 is the fastest XSL formatting software available.In batch mode V4 can start to produce PDF output immediately from the inputted XSL-FO file. Furthermore V4.3 improves the performance on a multi-processor system.

Format virtually any size document

Antenna House Formatter can format a document of virtually any size whether it is a publication, tens of thousands of invoices, reports or personalized one to one documents.

Supports PDF/X and PDF/A

XSL Formatter V4.3 supports PDF/X. PDF/X is a specification that places much value on exchanging date and defined by ISO for printing purpose. PDF/A is a format for long-term preservation of an electronic document and it is also defined by ISO.

Accessible PDF

XSL Formatter V4.3 can generate the Tagged PDF for enhancing the accessibility to persons with sight problems. This is a function indispensable to comply with Section 508, the law of the United States enforced on June 21, 2001.

Integration Interface

Antenna House provides Command line interface, .NET interface, COM interface, Java interface and C++/C interface. The various interfaces make for easy system integration of Formatter with web applications, content management systems, and other software products.

The .NET interface and the COM interface are available for Windows only.

PostScript® output and SVG output

XSL Formatter PostScript Output Option makes PostScript® output available. With the new SVG Output module it is now possible to create SVG 1.1, SVG Basic, and SVG Tiny files using XSL Formatter V4.3. This function requires XSL Formatter SVG Output Option.

Direct Printer output

In Windows version, it's possible to output the formatted result directly to the printer without passing through PDF. It's also possible to get the formatted result and print it immediately by using GUI.

Supports the embedding of PDF into PDF

An arbitrary page of other PDF can be embedded into PDF.

Attentive extensions

XSL Formatter V4.3 implements a lot of Extensions that cannot be achieved with XSL1.0. For instance, the following extensions are provided.

Drawing Microsoft ® Excel Chart

XSL Formatter Chart Option is a new option for Antenna House XSL Formatter V4.3 providing the ability to draw high quality images of Microsoft® Excel Chart as vector without the degradation caused by scaling, etc.

PANTONE® Color Support

XSL Formatter V4 provides the ability for more than 1000 PANTONE® Colors to be converted into RGB or CMYK values automatically by using XSL Formatter PANTONE® Option. Possible to specify the PANTONE® colors for separation color (spot color) simply by putting only the name of the PANTONE® colors in FO.

Web Service Interface

Web Service Interface V2.2 is an option for Antenna House XSL Formatter Server Licenses to further support the use of XSL Formatter V4.3 via the Internet using SOAP/HTTP.

Table Auto Layout

XSL Formatter V4 supports table-layout="auto." in the XSL-FO specification, which is not supported by many of the formatting software. This function arranges the table layout suitably without specifying the width of a cell. It's suitable for almost all tables which do not require the strict value of the width, and is very convenient. When the formatting speed poses a problem, please specify table-layout="fixed" instead and specify fixed width in all cells.

High quality PDF for SVG, MathML, EMF and WMF

Vector information for SVG, MathML, EMF and WMF is retained in PDF, thus enhancing the quality of output images and meeting the increasing demand for delivery of vectors in the output.

V4.3 makes it possible to draw high-resolution MathML in PDF by using XSL Formatter MathML Option.

Possible to get the .NET native parser output

With the .NET Interface when XSL-FO is generated from XML and XSL using an XSLT processor that transformation can now be passed directly and seamlessly to Formatter without passing it through a temporary file first.

The .NET and the COM interfaces can now also get the DOM directly without passing through a temporary file. This has the effect of slightly improving performance.

Multilingual Language

V4.3 supports almost any language which is supported by Unicode including Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Japanese (Hiragana and Katakana), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Hangul, Arabic, Hebrew and Thai. It offers the abilities to write in vertical mode, to run the text from right to left as in Arabic and Hebrew and also to create multilingual documents with language mixtures on the same page and even on the same line.

Possible to hyphenate over 40 or more languages

The former "Hyphenation Option" is now a standard part of Formatter. The Hyphenation function integrates the very powerful hyphenation algorithms from Computer Hyphenation Ltd., which enhances the quality of hyphenation and greatly simplifies setting up Formatter to hyphenate over 40 different languages.

For additional information please visit Computer Hyphenation's website.

Antenna House Workflow

XSL Formatter V4.3 can format XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) directly or XML documents by using XSL stylesheets. The output can be directed to PDF or on the Windows version to any Windows supported printer. For the Client Windows version of Formatter the formatted result can also be displayed in Antenna House's GUI.

The following illustrates Formatters workflow:


  1. When an XSL Formatting Object is inputted, XSL Formatter V4.3 formats it immediately.
  2. When an XML document and an XSL stylesheet are inputted, XSL Formatter V4.3 transforms them to XSL Formatting Object using XSLT processor and formats the XSL Formatting Object.
  3. When a WordML document is inputted, XSL Formatter transforms it into XSL Formatting Objects using XSLT processor and formats the XSL Formatting Objects.
  4. When an XML document and the Layout definition file of XSL Report Designer are both inputted, XSL Formatter V4.3 transforms it into XSL Formatting Objects using XSL Report Designer.

Maintenance Service Key

When a customer purchases Antenna House XSL Formatter V4.3 they receive a Product Key and a Maintenance Service Key. These keys which are copied into the directory where the evaluation software has been installed removes all restrictions from the evaluation version of XSL Formatter V4.3. Without the Keys Formatter can be used for evaluation purposes only.


For further information, please refer to Q&A Page on our web site.

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