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Subject: Re: [xsl] How white space affects text-indents
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:25:13 -0400

At 2012-04-06 14:07 -0700, Karl Stubsjoen wrote:
I'm trying to understand and solve an issue I am having with
text-indent and start-indent properties in FO.  This is a solution for
a rounded bullet using fo:inline elements.  I'm assuming that if I
start-indent 1em, and text-indent -1em that I will end up with a
perfect hanging indent as long as I add the correct amount of space
for my known and fixed size bullet character.

Why not simply use <list-block>? That has the semantics you need to align the text on the right. Looking at your example, I cannot think of a compelling reason not to use <list-block>.

So I have 2 blocks where the first block content is collapsed and the
2nd is indented (the source that is).  They produce 2 different
results where the 2nd block result is desirable.

When I use Antenna House with your example, both paragraphs appear near identical (though not quite) and neither one lines up with the red line you've drawn. I rely on that tool's conformance. Which tool are you using?

So which is the most correct

<fo:list-block space-after="6pt" keep-with-next.within-column="always">
<fo:list-item provisional-distance-between-starts="1em">
<fo:list-item-label end-indent="label-end()">
<fo:block start-indent="1em"><fo:inline font-family="ZapfDingbats" font-size=".30em" baseline-shift=".65em" letter-

<fo:list-item-body start-indent="body-start()">
<fo:block>This is a third block using the list-block construct! This is a third block using the list-block construct!

This is a third block using the list-block construct!  </fo:block>

When I flow the above in your example, the body text lines up with your red line.

and can't I achieve the same result by setting
white-space-treatment (and similar) properties to my fo:inlines and
containing fo:blocks?

I have been known to guarantee such a distance by flowing an inline-container of a fixed width at the start of the block and put the bullet information in there. But that isn't the appropriate way.

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . . . Ken

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