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Subject: DOCBOOK-APPS: Re: callouts and admonitions

[I moved this thread to docbook-apps where it is more
appropriate.  The docbook list is for DTD discussion].

> From: fyl2xp1 <vnhu38f93@subdimension.com>
> If I want to use the callouts or admonitions in my files I am currently placing a copy of the images directory (a customised copy containing the files I need) in the directory that I am executing the command sequences needed to generate the files.
> This does not feel like  it is the correct way to do this as I would assume that the
> style-sheet programs should create these directories automatically and place any
> files needed in them?

That would be a nice feature, but XSLT has no facilities
of its own to create directories and copy binary files.
It would require extension functions.

I presume you are running into this for print output, since
HTML output processing just writes a path in IMG src
attributes but doesn't actually access the graphics files.

For print output you can use the 'callout.graphics.path'
and 'admon.graphics.path' parameters with the FO stylesheet
to set paths to where the graphics files are installed.
Relative paths work too.  That way you don't have to copy
them around.  They will get pulled into the PDF output by
the FO processor.  Be sure to include a trailing slash on
the paths.

For HTML processing, those parameter values are written into
the IMG src pathnames, so they should represent the
location of the images relative to the HTML files
in the output.

Copying the image files to the HTML output directory would be
a nice feature, if the processor knows the output
directory. But if you are just directing unchunked HTML output
to a file, then the XSL processor doesn't know where it is going.

I generally use Makefiles so I don't forget details
like copying the image files to the output area.

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