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

All three items are quite easily doable.You need to have a customization layer that "adjusts" the builtin capabilities. Bob Stayton's book is a must. I still reference it even after years of working with Docbook. And this is the correct forum for getting those answers.
I would suggest doing one of these first and get that working and then move on to all of the other issues.
I am including my own header with logo stylesheet that you can examine and modify as you wish. It may get you started in the right direction. I will also include the shading of the <programlisting> which you should be able to modify to work like you want.
Let me know if that helps.
Dean Nelson
In a message dated 2/10/2011 2:41:12 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, rossmannjohn@yahoo.com writes:
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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