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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Unable to indent text in text output -- SOLVED

Hi Aankhen,
   Woohoo! I figured it out. solution below.

>> Here’s my xsl file:
>> ------
>> <?xml version='1.0' encoding="utf-8"?>
>> <xsl:stylesheet
>>          xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform";
>>          xmlns:fo="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Format"; version="1.0">
>>          <xsl:import href="http://docbook.sourceforge.net/release/xsl/current/xhtml/docbook.xsl"/>
>> <xsl:template match="para[@role = 'box']">
>> <xsl:text>
>> </xsl:text>
>> <xsl:apply-templates/>
>> </xsl:template>
>> ------
> I don’t see any indentation here; there’s just a newline within the
> ‘xsl:text’ element.  BTW, you don’t need to declare the ‘fo’ namespace
> unless you’re using it.

Oops.  Copy and paste error.  Sorry about that.  Thanks on the 'fo'. 
I've removed it.


> Are you sure that this is a DocBook thing that you’re talking about?
> It sounds to me like you’re referring to the way HTML collapses
> whitespace: outside of the ‘pre’ element, any sequence of whitespace
> characters is rendered as a single space, while any leading/trailing
> whitespace is trimmed.[1] You have a few options for preserving
> whitespace:
> 1. The ‘pre’ element, which will render all whitespace exactly as it
> appears in the source.  It will also use a monospaced font and only
> break lines where you break them in the source, so it’s not very
> well-suited for your needs.
> 2. Non-breaking spaces (&nbsp; in HTML,&#160; or&#xA0; in any
> SGML-derived language), which are never collapsed by the browser.
> Something like “&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;” will be rendered as “      ”.
> You could make every space a non-breaking space when you’re trying to
> maintain a layout, but that would lead to unfortunate consequences
> since, as the name indicates, line breaks are not allowed there.
> 3. CSS: set the ‘para.propagates.style’ parameter to ‘1’ so that the
> resultant HTML paragraphs have ‘box’ for their class names, then add
> whatever indentation or other styling you’d like to your CSS, such as:
>      .box { margin-left: 0.5em; }

For html output I do #3 already. and yes, it works quite well. :)

Yes, the whitespace was being collapsed.  <xsl:text 
disable-output-escaping="yes">  was what I needed to do.

Here's my entire xls file:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding="utf-8"?>
         xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"; version="1.0">


<xsl:template match="para[@role = 'box']">
<xsl:text disable-output-escaping="yes">&lt;br&gt;</xsl:text>

I've been trying to figure that out for, well, longer than I want to admit.

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!

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