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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Landscape tables across multiple pages

The easiest way is to use the Antenna House processor and put the table 
inside an fo:block-container with its reference-orientation="90".  Antenna 
House has implemented an extension to the standard to flow such 
block-containers onto multiple pages.  In fact, the current DocBook 
stylesheets do that already, in the template named 'table.container' in 
fo/table.xsl.  So just setting orient="land" on a table should do it.

If AH is not feasible, then PSMI is the only way I know to do it.  It is not 
implemented in the DocBook stylesheets, so you'll have to implement it 
yourself.  Because PSMI breaks a flow into multiple page sequences, it does 
require closing all open fo elements in the flow before the table.  That 
would require additional customization because of the use of fo:block 
nesting around sections.  You would need to customize the template with 
match="section" in fo/sections.xsl, removing the section block wrapper. 
When you do that, however, you lose the ability to place attributes on the 
container block, those attributes coming from section.level1.properties et 

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Suckling" <paul.suckling@gmail.com>
To: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 6:42 AM
Subject: [docbook-apps] Landscape tables across multiple pages

>I have got some long wide tables in my DocBook article. I would like
> to either place them on a series of landscape pages, or keep them on a
> portrait page but have them rotated. I found a solution which does the
> latter but not adequately: The tables don't split across multiple
> pages.
> I have done a search of the archives and came across this thread,
> http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-apps/200301/msg00144.html,
> which suggests that the best way to do it is to use PSMI
> (http://www.cranesoftwrights.com/resources/psmi/index.htm). However,
> this only appears to work for tables that are direct children of
> chapters and appendices. My DocBook is an article, and so the tables
> are children of sections.
> That thread appeared in 2004. Have things moved on from there now? Can
> anyone advise me what the best way of achieving landscape tables is
> with DocBook today?
> Thanks,
> Paul
> -- 
> Nashi Power.
> http://nashi.podzone.org/
> Registered address: 7 Trescoe Gardens, Harrow, Middx., U.K.
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