[oXygen-user] an extra blank page in the .pdf output

Sorin Ristache
Wed Aug 10 03:24:32 CDT 2005

Hello Chip,

If you are using the Docbook XSL stylesheets and the FOP processor to 
generate the pdf file the empty page seems to be a bug in FOP. In the 
XSL-FO file generated by the stylesheets the pages that follow the title 
and copyright pages start a new page sequence. The FOP processor should 
not generate an empty page for a break-after property before a new
page sequence. To avoid that use in your transformation scenario a 
Docbook XSL customization layer that replaces the template 
book.titlepage.separator with an empty template:

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" 
     <xsl:import href="../frameworks/docbook/xsl/fo/docbook.xsl"/>
     <xsl:template name="book.titlepage.separator"/>

I just tried it on a large Docbook document and the empty page is not 
generated any more. You have to replace the path to the docbook.xsl 
stylesheet with a valid path on your machine.

For instructions about creating and using a Docbook customization layer 
in <oXygen/> see the demo:


Best regards,

Chip Wiegand wrote:
> When I create a .pdf from my file I get an extra page that contains only a 
> horizontal line at the top and bottom of the page. This page is always the 
> 3rd page of the document -
> 1st page - Cover page or Title page
> 2nd page - Copyright page
> 3rd page - empty except for two horizontal lines
> 4th page onwards - chapter 1 and onwards
> Is the mostly blank page supposed to be there? If not, what do I do to get 
> rid of it?
> I just noticed that the toc is not appearing on the page, could this page 
> be a blank toc?
> Regards,
> Chip Wiegand
> Computer Services
> Simrad, Inc
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