[xep-support] Problem on left align of table on page vs hanging indent

G. Ken Holman gkholman at CraneSoftwrights.com
Tue Jul 10 09:20:22 PDT 2007

At 2007-07-10 07:32 -0700, Michaud, Jean-Francois wrote:
>Hehehe, good luck with that. At least you won't be bored for awhile ;-).


>If I find an easy way to do this, I'll let you know. In the meantime,
>I'm afraid we're not missing anything. XSL:FO technology is simply not
>advanced enough to accommodate certain features that we would find more
>intuitive. Functional language is nice collateral damagewise but
>incrementing a counter by having to process recursively is getting old.

I see it more as a result of the "arms-length" relationship between 
transformation and formatting.

>You're head will explode if you get into landscape tables set via an
>attribute ;-). The only solution available around (no, rotating a table
>90 degrees or 270 degrees doesn't work; at the time I was looking,
>roughly about a year ago) is to reprocess the whole document recursively
>to generate correct XSL:FO page templates based on a portrait or
>landscape attribute a table might have.
>I'd really rather not think about it actually hehehe ;-).

Oh!  I've been there and done that!  Have you see Crane's Page 
Sequence Master Interleave (PSMI)?  It is a free resource available 
on our web site.  It is an example of "adding a semantic to 
XSL-FO":  when you detect the attribute for landscape geometry and 
you need a dynamic change in the page sequence, you just put that 
page sequence in a <psmi:page-sequence> element.  The output is 
post-processed by supplied XSLT stylesheets to convert the embedded 
page sequence into a sibling page sequence of pure XSL-FO for any 
engine to then support.

I've been told by a number of people that this has been very helpful 
... I don't know everyone who has downloaded it but I gather it gets 
a lot of use.

. . . . . . . . . . . Ken

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