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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] processing modular docbook

You might describe how you are currently processing the 3,000 page doc: which XSLT 
processor, which XSL-FO formatter, which versions.  You might get some suggestions for 
improvements there.

For modular processing, you can set a "label" attribute on each chapter to the chapter 
number. That will override the automatic numbering.  That manual chapter number will 
also be used in figure, table, and example numbers in that chapter.

For page numbers, you would need to modify the template named 'initial.page.number' in 
fo/pagesetup.xsl so that it accepts a command line parameter. That parameter could 
pass in the starting page for each chapter, which would presumably be the previous 
chapter's last page number plus one.

You are right that the olink database will handle cross references.  But there is 
currently no implementation of page numbers in olinks because of the difficulty of 
getting those page numbers from the output.  Are you planning to stitch together the 
separate chapter PDFs into a single PDF?  I've not tried that with hot links between 
PDF files, so I don't know if those would still work.

Book-level TOC and index are problems I don't have a solution for.  I would instead 
concentrate on speeding up the tools to handle the entire document.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Arnold" <Tim.Arnold@sas.com>
To: <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2010 11:26 AM
Subject: [docbook-apps] processing modular docbook

I have a document that when printed is about 8000 pages. Because of the time it takes 
to process, I'd like to be able to process each chapter separately, but the more I 
read, the more I doubt the possibility.

My guess is that if I decide to try it, I'll have to set the numbering for 
chapters/tables/examples/figures in each chapter and set up a granular olink database 
to handle the cross-refs. And  create the book-level toc, index, any HTMLHelp files by 
some other means.

I haven't yet tried processing this particular document, but a 3,000 page doc takes 
about 2 hours on  my FreeBSD machine. The processing uses only one of its cpus of 
course, and neither memory or diskspace is a limitation--the processing seems to be 
cpu-bound only.

Any advice ?

--Tim Arnold

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