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From "Eric Douglas" <edoug...@blockhouse.com>
Subject RE: XSL Page Variable
Date Thu, 05 Aug 2010 18:54:36 GMT
Hi Chris,

I'm not entirely sure I know what you mean by what the FO markup should
look like.  If you mean the XSLFO file, I never see that.  I'm running
embedded code, where I just create an XML file and an XSL file and pass
them right through the FOP with the transformer.  Assuming there is
XSLFO code, it's in memory, and I'm not sure what the option would be to
create a physical file.
I thought it might be a dev issue because I'm not sure if I coded
something wrong or FOP processed it wrong.

I'm trying to code into my XML what goes on each page and what the page
format should be.  I thought I might need multiple page masters and/or
page sequences but I'm not sure how I would reference them.  The XSL
code looks something like this (leaving out some unrelated pieces).

               <xsl:attribute name="reference-orientation">
test="PAGE_DATA[position()]/ORIENTATION = 'PORTRAIT'">0</xsl:when>
test="PAGE_DATA[position()]/ORIENTATION = 'LANDSCAPE'">90</xsl:when>
               <xsl:for-each select="PAGE_DATA">
                    <xsl:variable name="ORIENTATION"><xsl:value-of

Now, maybe there's something I'm not understanding about XSL, maybe I
can write the XSL backward?  It's currently driven by the page-sequence
which tells it which page-master to use, which defines the layout.  Then
within that I have the loop where everything under a PAGE_DATA tag goes
on one page.  How would I arrange this so every page has the option to
be either portrait or landscape?

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher R. Maden [mailto:crism@maden.org] 
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2010 2:43 PM
To: fop-dev@xmlgraphics.apache.org; fop-users@xmlgraphics.apache.org
Subject: Re: XSL Page Variable

Eric Douglas wrote:
> If I'm understanding you correctly I think this could work.  I realize

> it's for FOP development and it may not be an FOP issue, but it's not 
> a pure XSLT issue.  The XSLT handles HTML style formatting.
> The FOP is the paging formatter.  This is a page issue.  As you say 
> try "2 passes" I'm thinking I just need to separate the tags, that I'm

> trying to break on PAGE_DATA which triggers the new page call to the 
> simple-page-master, then I'm trying to find the page layout data under

> the PAGE_DATA.  I should be able to get the page layout data before I 
> find the PAGE_DATA tag to start the new pages..

If you know what your FO markup should look like, and you don't know how
to make XSLT do that, ask on the XSL list.[1]

If you don't know what FO markup to make, you can ask on fop-users (not
fop-dev), but please focus on the FO markup itself, and leave the XSLT
out of it.

It looks here like you want to make multiple page-masters and multiple
page-sequences, since you want each page sequcne to have different

Please follow-up to either fop-users or xsl-list, but not fop-dev.


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