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

Thank you, Robert.

Your reply gives me more confidence that dblatex is the right choice. But... are 
there any disadvantages compared to the xslt- and fop-processors that seem to be 
the recommended way to convert XML to PDF? Are there any docbook elements that 
are not supported by dblatex? Does dblatex give me more or less flexibility 
compared to the fop-processor?


----- Original Message ----
From: "Robert.Buergel@bmw.de" <Robert.Buergel@bmw.de>
To: rossmannjohn@yahoo.com; docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
Sent: Thu, February 10, 2011 12:08:58 PM
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.



-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
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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