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Optimized reprocessing of documents using stored processor state

Ollis, James A.; Brailsford, David F.; Bagley, Steven R.

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James A. Ollis

David F. Brailsford

Steven R. Bagley


Variable Data Printing (VDP) allows customised versions of material such as advertising flyers to be readily produced. However, VDP is often extremely demanding of computing resources because, even when much of the material stays invariant from one document instance to the next, it is often simpler to re-evaluate the page completely rather than identifying just the portions that vary.

In this paper we explore, in an XML/XSLT/SVG workflow and in an editing context, the reduction of the processing burden that can be realised by selectively reprocessing only the variant parts of the document. We introduce a method of partial re-evaluation that relies on re-engineering an existing XSLT parser to handle, at each XML tree node, both the storage and restoration of state for the underlying document processing framework. Quantitative results are presented for the magnitude of the speed-ups that can be achieved.

We also consider how changes made through an appearance-based interactive editing scheme for VDP documents can be automatically reflected in the document view via optimised XSLT re-evaluation of sub-trees that are affected either by the changed script or by altered data.


Ollis, J. A., Brailsford, D. F., & Bagley, S. R. (2010). Optimized reprocessing of documents using stored processor state.

Conference Name ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng '10)
End Date Sep 24, 2010
Publication Date Sep 1, 2010
Deposit Date Feb 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 2, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords XSLT, SVG, VDP, variable data documents, document editing, document authoring, partial re-evaluation.
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Additional Information Published in: DocEng '10: proceedings of the 10th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering. New York : ACM, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-4503-0231-9. pp. 135-138, doi: 10.1145/1860559.1860586


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