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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook -> PDF paths that aren't hugely expensive?

Great, thanks!


On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 06:43:32PM +0000, Jason Zech wrote:
> You can use the "content" property in CSS to replace text, and they have some prefixed CSS selectors/properties to convert an anchor link into a page reference. You'd have to look at their documentation as to how to handle it. 
> This article gives a nice overview of some of the book-specific capabilities they have: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/boom/
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robin Lee Powell [mailto:rlpowell@digitalkingdom.org] 
> Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 1:39 PM
> To: Jason Zech
> Cc: docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] DocBook -> PDF paths that aren't hugely expensive?
> On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 01:57:18PM +0000, Jason Zech wrote:
> > Hi Robin, 
> > 
> > I've had a lot of success with PrinceXML
> > (http://www.princexml.com/) as a DocBook to PDF solution. Like
> > Antenna House (which I haven't used), it allows you to control
> > appearance via fairly robust CSS stylesheets. It's not free (about
> > $500 for a single-user license last time I looked), but it's
> > incredibly flexible for layout and design.
> > 
> > Also note that while it can produce your PDF directly from the
> > DocBook XML source, I find it much better to transform your
> > DocBook to HTML (using the open source stylesheets) then process
> > the HTML through Prince. This allows you to take advantage of some
> > of DocBook's more powerful features- auto-TOCs, labeling, indices,
> > etc.  
> That's an interesting option.  In a way, I'd rather go via (X)HTML
> so that the visual layout is consistent.  The problem I've had with
> every such mothed I've tried is that internal cross references show
> up as "see section 2.1 wibble" instead of "see page 23".  For a
> printed book, I strongly prefer the later, or at least that the page
> number be included.  Does Prince handle that?
> -Robin
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