LiveCycle Assembler is a server based solutions that uses the DDX templates and the specified source documents, manipulates the data in the source documents according to the specifications of the DDX, and places the resulting documents in the specified output location.
Why I like this?
Simple - it is starting the road to declarative PDF expressed in XML and DDX document sare relatively easy to author. The namespace of the DDX language is http://ns.adobe.com/DDX/DocText/1.0/, and the root element is
DocText. A simple example of how the root might look?
The DDX format allows for rich declarative expressions for all
Most documents formats appear to be moving towards a full XML expression with some form of packaging. Open Document Format (ODF), the OASIS open standard for XML declared documents, spreadsheets and presentations, uses XML as the standard for syntax. Norm Walsh was a pioneer in using DocBook which used stylesheets to display XML and even the next version of Microsoft Office is purported to be in XML format. In general, it seems to be a relatively popular activity nowadays.