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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Better-looking DocBook XSL-FO stylesheets?

On 3/5/07, Sean Wheller <sean@inwords.co.za > wrote:
On Sunday 04 March 2007 21:10, Hendy Irawan wrote:
> It's been several years and the XSL-for-FO/PDF still very plain yet with
> fine functionality.
> I've been searching for "better"-looking XSL stylesheets (like those used
> by commercial publishers), but haven't found any.
> I wonder if there is already work on producing [open-source] customized
> stylesheets from the official DocBook XSL so that people will have more fun
> writing their books. :-)

The stylesheets are fine.

The fun is in making your own custom layers.
Sean Wheller
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Thanks Sean...

I wonder why the original question is still not answered ("where are other stylesheets?") which makes me think that the answer is "no, there aren't any." It almost feels like the blogosphere will be like what it is now without WordPress or Blogger templates.

I agree that the stylesheet is fine and I have a lot of fun writing books, but not designing stylesheets. I'm a web developer and I love to code but I hate to deal with HTML/CSS/Photoshop (it's the designer's job, not mine).

I've just got O'Reilly's XSL-FO and unfortunately it doesn't contain as much information as I wanted it to. (and another unfortunate, there isn't much choice left... the "Definitive XSL-FO" book sucks from reviews I read)

I think I'll still try to customize the XSL-FO stylesheet and see what I can do with it, although I'm far from being a typographer. XSL-FO isn't exactly CSS for me...

I really need your help friends. Even now I'm still banging my head against this problem: how to put a "block" (anything with text on it, and image) on the top-left corner of a page? I've tried fo:block, fo:block-container, fo:static-content, absolute-position=fixed, position=fixed, ...... and the block still stays at that exact same position. (and if I use fo:block-container, it vanishes!)

Hendy Irawan
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