[oXygen-user] Subfigure numbering with docbook 5

Bob Stayton bobs at sagehill.net
Fri Oct 26 15:48:29 CDT 2018

Hi Bernhard,

This is more of a DocBook issue than an Oxygen XML issue.

Currently DocBook 5.1 does not support subfigures, but version 5.2 under 
development will support a new element named <formalgroup> which can 
contain one or more "formal" elements (table, figure, example, 
equation).  That would allow for subfigures.  However, there is 
currently no release date for DocBook 5.2, nor do the stylesheets 
support that element yet.

For the current releases, I can only suggest a workaround.  Put two 
mediaobjects in a figure element (they are allowed), and give each 
mediaobject a <caption> element whose para includes  "a." or "b." and 
include subtitles there if needed.    Maybe someone else has a better 

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises
bobs at sagehill.net

On 10/26/2018 12:09 PM, Bernhard Kleine wrote:
> The Docbook definitive Guide does not mention subfigures.
> The Docbook xsl complete Guide does not either.
> I have a figure too large that the text can only be read by magnifying
> glass. So I wand two parts of it on two pages. But I cannot see how to
> number it correctly Fig. 1a and Fig. 1b. Can please point me in correct
> direction?
> Many thanks
> Bernhard
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