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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] print customization without title page?

This problem is caused by the template with match="book" in fo/division.xsl:

<xsl:template match="book">
  <xsl:variable name="id">
    <xsl:call-template name="object.id"/>

  <xsl:variable name="preamble"

  <xsl:variable name="content"
                select="node()[not(self::title or self::subtitle
                            or self::titleabbrev
                            or self::info
                            or self::bookinfo)]"/>

  <xsl:variable name="titlepage-master-reference">
    <xsl:call-template name="select.pagemaster">
      <xsl:with-param name="pageclass" select="'titlepage'"/>

  <xsl:call-template name="front.cover"/>

  <xsl:if test="$preamble">
    <xsl:call-template name="page.sequence">
      <xsl:with-param name="master-reference"
      <xsl:with-param name="content">
        <fo:block id="{$id}">
          <xsl:call-template name="book.titlepage"/>

  <xsl:apply-templates select="dedication" mode="dedication"/>

  <xsl:call-template name="make.book.tocs"/>

  <xsl:apply-templates select="$content"/>

  <xsl:call-template name="back.cover"/>


The template creates a variable named "preamble" that tests for the 
existance of any elements that would appear on a title page.  If there are 
such elements, it makes a page-sequence and processes them.

However, with your customization, the "book.titlepage" template outputs 
nothing, resulting in this FO output:

    <fo:flow flow-name="xsl-region-body">
      <fo:block id="bobsbook"/>

In Antenna House, this empty block is enough to generate the empty page (not 
so in XEP).

So I would suggest that you copy this template to your customization layer, 
and define a new stylesheet parameter to control this page-sequence, rather 
than using the "preamble" variable.  Then you don't need to modify the 
titlepage spec file at all.  You can turn the titlepages on or off with the 

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Schramm, Martin" <MSchramm@harmanbecker.com>
To: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:58 AM
Subject: [docbook-apps] print customization without title page?

Dear list,
one of our projects has requested a feature, for which I could not find a 
solution and therefore ask for your support:

My colleagues want to have one customization layer for displaying the whole 
documents content and another customization producing an FO/PDF output with 
a very condensed content. The condensed output should not have a title page.

I have tried to adjust the "mytitlepage.spec.xml" (gets transformed to 
"mytitlepages.xsl") in the following way:

==================================================================== -->

  <!-- Book -->

==================================================================== -->

  <t:titlepage t:element="book" t:wrapper="fo:block">

    <t:titlepage-content t:side="recto">
     <!-- all elements deleted! -->

    <t:titlepage-content t:side="verso">
     <!-- all elements deleted! -->

    <!--         <fo:block break-after="page" /> -->

    <t:titlepage-before t:side="recto" />

    <t:titlepage-before t:side="verso">
    <!--     <fo:block break-after="page" /> -->

So with that, I get one single blank title page before the documents 
content. But I do not want a title page at all. Could you please give me a 

Thanks, Martin

The customization layer includes the mytitlepages.xsl with the following 
<xsl:include href="../docbook/stylesheet/mytitlepages.xsl"/>

Root element: book
We use: DocBook XML V4.5, XSTLProc, Antenna House V 4.2

Harman/Becker Automotive Systems (Becker Division) GmbH
Becker-Göring-Straße 16 D-76307 Karlsbad - Germany

Martin Schramm

Technical Documentation
ES-P Quality & Tools

Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
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