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From Mark Gibson <mark.gib...@staff.bluematrix.com>
Subject Formatting page range references
Date Mon, 02 Sep 2019 21:31:48 GMT

I'm relatively new to XSL-FO and FOP.  I've got to the point where I need community advice.

We’re generating PDFs with dynamic content, including a known section across one or more
pages towards the end of the document.  We're also generating text on the first page that
references the page numbers of said section.  The difficulty comes due to a formatting requirement
... when we're referencing a single page, the format MUST be a single number, whilst when
referencing multiple pages it should be of the form ${first page} - ${last page}.

We tried the case where we had the referenced content in one block with id=A, and a second
empty block following with id=B.  When using <fo:page-number-citation> for both blocks,
there's no option to change format based on number of pages ...

                Pages  <fo:page-number-citation ref-id="A"/> -  <fo:page-number-citation

So, where the section is on a single page, our reference becomes "9 - 9".  And strict formatting
requirements mean we are not allowed to generate this format in this case.

I got excited when I saw some of the Index related FO objects in the XSL-FO spec, but then
discovered that FOP currently does not support any of the index features.  Is this true?

I then found support listed for <fo:multi-switch> on the FOP compliance web page, but
it seems to imply that this is only implemented for the extension property "fox:auto-toggle".
 So I'm guessing this won't support our requirements either.  Is this true?

Exhausting my exceedingly limited xsl-fo knowledge, and if you can confirm there's no xsl-fo
solution to this, I'm left assuming I have possibly two options (listed in the order of preference):

1. Generate the intermediate format / area tree format, edit, then render from that format.
 (is this possible? If so, should one use the IF or the AT format?)
2. Post process the rendered PDF (using PDFBox, iText, or something similar).

I'm hoping someone more experienced than me can comment on relevant XSL-FO capabilities within
FOP, and if necessary, the IF/AT question/approach.

Many thanks

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