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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] xsl fo stylesheets for (la)TeX like output


On Sunday 29 January 2006 15:02, Jakob Praher wrote:
> I am currently writing my master thesis. though i
> would like to use
> docbook, since i have some experience in it, i can't
> find any really
> satisfying xsl fo stylesheets that produce pdf output
> in style similarly to TeX.

What do you mean by "similarly to TeX"? The layout, the font or just the 
overall appearance? In one of my documents I use the LatinRoman[1] fonts 
that are derived from Computer Modern, convert my DocBook into FO and 
render it with XEP. With some meaningful margin settings the PDF looks 
very similar to (La)TeX. 

> I tryied dblatex[1] and the default docbook fo
> stylesheets, but had
> problems with dblatex cause of the complexity of my
> documents.

How complex are your documents? Do you use a lot of math formulas? Or is 
the structure itself complex? Could you be a bit more elaborate, 
please? :)

> I think 
> you have to write the docbook in a very latex way. I
> would really like
> to see something that is usable without a lot of
> tweaking.

Well, if you do not really want to tweak too much, then a DocBook to FO 
transformation would probably be interesting. If you don't mind, RenderX 
offers a Free Personal Edition. Its only limitation is that it prints a 
logo on one of the margins. With the help of the DocBook stylesheets and 
Bobs book[3] this should be managable.

However I don't really know how complex your documents are, so I can only 
guess. :)

Hope that helps,

[1] ftp://ftp.tug.org/tex-archive/fonts/lm/
[2] http://www.renderx.com/download/personal.html
[3] http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/index.html

Thomas Schraitle

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