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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook to PDF and page references

You are correct that the FO file does not have page information
and so cannot include literal page references.  It is the XSL-FO
processor (FOP, PassiveTeX) that generates the pages from
the information in the FO file and assigns page numbers.

The mechanism for index page references is the same as that for
tables of contents: an id attribute is placed on an fo:block element
at a given location in the flow, and then a reference to that
block is made with this:

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

When this is processed by the XSL-FO processor, it generates
the page number that contains the block with that id.
So if PassiveTeX can generate a table of contents with page
numbers, it should also be able to process the index with page

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wolfgang Jeltsch" <wolfgang@jeltsch.net>
To: "DocBook Applications Mailing List" <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 2:37 PM
Subject: [docbook-apps] DocBook to PDF and page references

> Hello,
> is it possible to generate an index with the standard DocBook stylesheets
> PassiveTeX? Is it generally possible to generate indexes when going via
> I suppose that FO is not concrete enough to already make the breakdown
> pages. So it seems that on the FO level one doesn't know on which pages
> terms in the index will reside, and therefore the stylesheets won't be
> to insert the correct page numbers in the index.
> Am I wrong here?
> Wolfgang
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