DeltaXML launch latest Content Compare comparison tool for XSL-FO

January 4, 2023

Submitted by Mark Thomas.

DeltaXML announce the latest in the Content Compare series: Content Compare XSL-FO. If the comparison function in your CMS leaves you wanting something better, or you need to check your exported documents immediately before publication; or perhaps you have hundreds of XSL-FO documents to manage, then DeltaXML's Content Compare XSL-FO could be the solution for you. XSL-FO is everywhere, often used as the final format within a document workflow, before being published in some final format such as PDF.

Content Compare XSL-FO will take your documents, perhaps two historical versions, or documents from different sources which have been through different workflows and return the comparison results in a single document. When you need to do a final double check between a current version and a previously created version of a document before committing the document for publishing, Content Compare is the perfect tool. You may have one file that needs checking, or perhaps several hundred that need to be checked. Content Compare is the quickest and easiest way to highlight all the files that have changed and need review with the changes marked up in the document.

The sophisticated comparison engine will quickly find the changes in a document and being aware of the XSL-FO XML grammar the structure is ignored and only content is compared, with changes being marked up into one of the documents. Importantly the software will retain your valid schema making it easy to read the document with changes or enable subsequent processing such as creating a PDF. Content Compare XSL-FO will even provide marked up change in a format that enables you to produce a PDF with change bars, particularly useful for easy reading, and in addition of great value to both users and your content, it provides the capability to publish minor changes to your users. This is something you have never been able to do previously.

"Not all CMS or publishing software benefit from DeltaXML's sophisticated comparison and merge service built into their functionality, and those that try to offer a basic comparison are often inadequate," commented Tristan Mitchell, Product Director. "Exporting from your CMS and using Content Compare will give you a great result with changes clearly marked up. Being able to check right at the end of your publishing pipeline that everything is correct is a huge benefit." Ignoring the structure and considering order and position crucially retains the schema, allowing you to quickly read and easily review the changes in the chosen article. No other product can do this.

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