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Subject: AW: [docbook-apps] PDF customization questions from newbie

Hi Jonny,

we are useing dblatex (http://dblatex.sourceforge.net/ ) for some documents and produce with this way high quality PDFs.

A lot of your requirements you can achive with this approach. We are also using the KOMA-script-styles without tweaking the Latex-file. With your Latex-background I would suggest dblatex.



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Von: John Rossmann [mailto:rossmannjohn@yahoo.com] 
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 10. Februar 2011 11:41
An: docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
Betreff: [docbook-apps] PDF customization questions from newbie

Hi, recently I got started with my first docbook document, and I am very 
satisfied with the great possibilities to publish a number of output formats 
from a single structured document.

Coming from LaTeX, I am looking for possibilities to customize high quality PDF 
output. For example, I'd like to modify paragraph indentation, font sizes, line 
spacing, page numbering, page headers and footers etc. Ideally I am looking for 
a gallery of document layouts from which I can choose one and maybe fine tune, 
as it is possible under LaTeX by choosing from a large number of document 
classes (like e.g. koma script).

Some help is given at http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/PrintOutput.html. But 
those  options are too limited to do things like putting a logo into the page 
header, numbering frontmatter pages like i,ii,iii,iv,... and only the main 
document 1,2,3,..., putting a light yellow background below verbatim (code) text 

boxes, etc. (If someone points me to an explanation how to achieve these three 
options - logo, page numbering, code background color - I might have a better 
idea where to look for other solutions in the future.)
Should I go the DBLatex way and change the intermediate LaTeX file to use the 
desired document class? Or can I find an idiot-proof PDF customization tutorial 
somewhere that doesn't require me to learn the low-level PDF language?

Thank you


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