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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] orphan/widow control

On Tue, Oct 28, 2003 at 07:04:40PM +0100, Thomas.Gier@imperia.net wrote:
> Hi,
> what I thought to be a minor issues turns out to seemingly prevent me from 
> using my tool-chain (Saxon 6.5.1 -> FOP 0.20.5). Having in mind 
> FrameMakers easy-to-use orphan/widow-control I thought there would be a 
> stylesheet-parameter to adjust the number of lines which are allowed as 
> orphan/widow. But extensive searching through the net makes me think that 
> this is not as easy as I thought.
> Would xsltproc - > passiveTeX be more sufficient? How do you control 
> orphans and widows? 

Widow and orphan control is a feature that is not yet
implemented in FOP or PassiveTeX (it is marked in the
PassiveTeX conformance table as "should be doable").
You will need an XSL-FO processor that implements
the widow and orphan properties. RenderX and
Antenna House make such processors, but they are not

Once you have such a processor, you can set the widow
and orphan properties in the 'root-properties'
attribute-set in a stylesheet customization layer.


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