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From "Tim Hibbs" <tvhi...@fedex.com>
Subject XSL file size question (WAS "RE: FO file size")
Date Tue, 09 Mar 2010 20:34:13 GMT
Mario,

Thanks for the info. I didn't realize this was strictly the domain of XSL. I'm copying this
to the XSL list and will pursue, if needed, over there. I'm using Xalan-J 2_7_1, the documentation
for which indicates it's compliant only with XSLT 1.0 and XPath 1.0. Will still pick up the
books, though... Can't have enough of those....

Sorry for the cross-posting.

Tim Hibbs
FedEx Services
350 Spectrum Loop
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
719-484-2131


-----Original Message-----
From: Mario Madunic [mailto:Mario_Madunic@newflyer.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 1:22 PM
To: fop-users@xmlgraphics.apache.org
Subject: RE: FO file size

This should really be on the XSLT list but here goes.

Tim,

I like to create an include.xsl that contains all my files broken down into named templates,
global variables, attribute sets, and so forth.

An include statement would look like the following:

<xsl:include href="calledTemplatesFO/ct_AddEmptyTableRows.xsl" />

So to call the above:
<xsl:call-template name="ct_AddEmptyTableRows" />

What is nice about a named template is that it is context aware. In other words I can write
XPaths in a named template, call it anywhere, and get a relevant result (if a result is to
be had). As in preceding::*[self::para][1]/@id and get the value id of the first para tag
it comes upon.

You should do little of this at first till you are quite comfortable creating and calling
them. The nice thing about what you want to do is that the templates are now reusable.

I'd pick up M. Kay's book XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 4th edition. This one book will become your
all purpose book.

Good Luck.

Marijan (Mario) Madunic
Publishing Specialist
New Flyer Industries

From: Tim Hibbs [mailto:tvhibbs@fedex.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 11:25 AM
To: fop-users@xmlgraphics.apache.org
Subject: FO file size

New to both the list here and XSL-FO – nice to have this resource available.

I’ve been creating a file of XSL and FO statements that’s working, but it’s getting
rather large and unwieldy. I’d like to divide up the file into logical parts that can be
called in as needed. Is there a set of guidelines somewhere to show how this might be done?
My primary references here are the O-Reilly / Dave Pawson book XSL-FO and Ken Holman’s Definitive
XSLT and XPATH books – haven’t found directly relevant information in either (or maybe
I’ve found it but don’t recognize it as such).

Thanks,

Tim Hibbs
FedEx Services
350 Spectrum Loop
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
719-484-2131

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