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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Does dockbook.xsl covers the whole?

The philosophy of DocBook XSL's HTML output is to enable CSS, but to supply minimal 
CSS styles, because everyone wants different styling.

The HTML output has always done this through extensive use of structured HTML output 
(nested divs) and class attributes.  Those should enable CSS style selectors to 
differentiate HTML elements sufficiently for styling.  If you examine the HTML output 
you will see all the divs and class attributes.

If you need custom class names, that can now be done using customized templates in 
mode="class.value", available since version 1.72 and described here:


In the past there were complaints that full CSS control was difficult because the HTML 
output included hardcoded styles that were difficult to override. The most recent 
release of DocBook XSL (1.76.1) cleans up its act a bit for CSS support.  The 
'make.clean.html' parameter when set to 1 will generate HTML with very little CSS 
styling embedded in it, as well as turning off most instances of hardcoded <b> and <i> 
(although I'm not sure this is complete).  The stylesheet can also generate a CSS file 
as part of the chunking output.  See the param reference:


These changes should make it easier to implement CSS for DocBook's HTML output. 
Further suggestions for better CSS support are always welcome.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Pawson" <davep@dpawson.co.uk>
To: "Docbook Apps" <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 11:59 PM
Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Does dockbook.xsl covers the whole?

> On Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:14:27 +0530
> Sanjaya Liyanage <sanjayacl@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Bob,
>>     Yes,what I am trying to style further is the generated html which
>> is the output of DocBook XSL.
>> Sanjaya.
> Thanks for that.
> I agree more could be done with the html
> presentation to improve appearance,
> especially with the wider availability of CSS3.
> -- 
> regards
> -- 
> Dave Pawson
> http://www.dpawson.co.uk
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