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Subject: [xsl] FO. Designing a title page. Laying out blocks.
From: "Kerry, Richard" <richard.kerry@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:17:51 +0000

I've now got a bit of time to continue with my attempt at a set of DocBook
stylesheets, and associated build scripts, for some of my department's
documentation.  What I'm trying to do now is to sort out the title page for
the PDF (via FO) version.  (I posted a picture of what I'm looking for in an
earlier post, so I won't do so again here)
I think a good way to progress this is to design the title page in XSL-FO and
then work out how to reverse engineer it into the stylesheets, so that's how
I'm trying to do it.  I've taken the FO as produced by the DocBook stylesheet
and formatted it to put in some indentation to make it easier to work on, and
now I'm altering the static-content corresponding to the title page.
In particular I need to get a couple of plain coloured rectangles on the
They need to ignore the margins, ie to extend to various of the edges of the
page, and to appear behind the footer (and the header if there was one).
As far as I can tell the only way to do this is using fo:block-container with
@position=fixed.  And the z-index set if necessary to ensure it appears to be
behind the footer.
- Can anyone confirm that this is the best (or indeed only) way of doing this,
or let me know if there is another construct that would be preferred for
generating coloured blocks on a page.  The first one is just a solid colour,
along one edge.  The next one will be white (opaque) and have a coloured
border, and some text in it - not the title, the product name and a document
- Also, how do I get a block to be at the bottom of its containing block (or
block-container) ?
Normally if I just add blocks within a block they get put at the top of the
available space.  I'd expect something like "align=bottom" but that doesn't
seem to exist.
Richard Kerry
BNCS Engineer, SI SOL Telco & Media Vertical Practice
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