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Subject: DOCBOOK-APPS: the middle third

I'm using DocBook 4.1.2 with OpenJade 1.39 and Norm Walsh's Excellent
Modular DSSSL Stylesheets (most recent version), and the case in hand
involves rendering with HTML engines (e.g., Netscape).

I'd like to customize the stylesheets, or otherwise alter the default
rendering of a book document type, to wrap the main apparatus (navbars and
primary content) between two columns, each one-third of the rendered area.  
The outside columns, and their content, will be static.

Given the nonconformant state of the rendering engines, it appears I'll
have to do what I want by wrapping everything between <body> and </body>
in <table><etc>...</etc></table>, rather than using a more elegant
solution, e.g., an <object> tag referencing an external html file before
the body content end.

Would anybody point me in the right direction?  I understand the
customization procedure, in terms of how to do it without altering the
original files, but I'm not sure what to customize:  
html-body-content-start seems to be the right target, and therefore the
file dbhtml.dsl.  Is that on the right track?



James Eric Lawson
Research Publications Editor III
National Simulation Resource


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