Author: 'Mike Kelly'

Here are all the blog posts by 'Mike Kelly'

Mike is the Managing Director and Founder of Rockweb.

Apache FOP 2.0 released, now with rounded corners, Apple to investigate

Apache FOP (Formating Objects Processor) 2.0 used for transforming XSL-FO (eXtensible Stylesheet Language) to PDF among other formats was released on 3rd June 2015. New features include; rounded corners, side floats and OpenType CFF font support.


XSL-FO Is Dead, CSS Paged Media Is Prime Suspect

There have been a number of reports that XSL-FO is a dead language and that CSS Paged Media is ready to usurp it from it's role as the industry standard for printed output. 

This post looks at the current state of affairs for both XSL-FO and CSS Page Media to see which is the best for building a new publishing solution.


XSL-FO is alive and kicking

When I last looked at XSL-FO in 2014, it looked dead, yet 5 years later in 2019 XSL-FO is still here with commercial and open source vendors still supporting it, with updates to their products.


Markdown - Write More

What is Markdown and why should we use it to write content for our web sites? This post looks at the basics and how you can use it in Umbraco and WordPress.


4th Preston Computer Programmers Meetup 12th July 2016

We celebrated our 6 month anniversary last night with 9 programmers in attendance.

The format for the meetup was lean coffee; where we all came up with some topics to discuss,
voted on them and then talked through them over coffee and biscuits.


Preston Computer Programmers Meetup 14th June 2016

The 3rd meeting of the Preston Computer Programmers Group at Cotton Court, Preston featuring a tech talk from John McMullin about Compilers.