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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Creating a chapter title page with chapter number and title on different lines

Hi Paul,

I haven't worked with the FO stylesheets at all, only HTML/XHTML. However, I recently (with Bob's help, after much circling-running myself) wrote a customization to accomplish something similar. I imagine the customization for FO would be fairly similar in structure. So perhaps this will get you started.

Fair warning, others may have more sound/efficient ways of doing this, as I'm still fairly new to XSLT.

In my customization layer, I created a new parameter called chapter.label.text.

  <xsl:param name="chapter.label.text">Chapter&#160;</xsl:param>

In this parameter, you can put any text that you want to function as the autolabel text (usually "Chapter"). You can also empty this parameter to generate no chapter label. (By doing this, I'm foregoing the gentext label, but this customization allows my non-XSLT partners to more easily customize this label from project to project.)

Also, it was important to me to be able to style the chapter-label and autolabel number separately from the chapter title. I'm not sure how you do this in FO, but in HTML I put the chapter label in its own h-tag, separate from the chapter title.

Here's the final customization I used in XHTML1.1, picking up and changing the component.title template.

<xsl:template name="component.title">
    <xsl:param name="node" select="."/>

    <!-- This handles the case where a component (bibliography, for example)
       occurs inside a section; will we need parameters for this? -->

    <!-- This "level" is a section level.  To compute <h> level, add 1. -->
    <xsl:variable name="level">
        <!-- chapters and other book children should get <h1> -->
        <xsl:when test="$node/parent::d:book">0</xsl:when>
        <xsl:when test="ancestor::d:section">
          <xsl:value-of select="count(ancestor::d:section)+1"/>
        <xsl:when test="ancestor::d:sect5">6</xsl:when>
        <xsl:when test="ancestor::d:sect4">5</xsl:when>
        <xsl:when test="ancestor::d:sect3">4</xsl:when>
        <xsl:when test="ancestor::d:sect2">3</xsl:when>
        <xsl:when test="ancestor::d:sect1">2</xsl:when>
      <xsl:when test="local-name($node) = 'chapter'">
        <h1 class="chapter-label">
          <xsl:copy-of select="$chapter.label.text"/>
          <xsl:apply-templates select="$node" mode="label.markup"/>
        <h1 class="title">
          <xsl:apply-templates select="$node" mode="title.markup"/>
        <xsl:element name="h{$level+1}" namespace="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml";>
          <xsl:attribute name="class">title</xsl:attribute>
          <xsl:call-template name="id.attribute"/>
          <xsl:call-template name="anchor">
            <xsl:with-param name="node" select="$node"/>
            <xsl:with-param name="conditional" select="0"/>
          <xsl:apply-templates select="$node" mode="object.title.markup">
            <xsl:with-param name="allow-anchors" select="1"/>
          <xsl:apply-templates select="$node" mode="label.markup">
            <xsl:with-param name="allow-anchors" select="1"/>

From: Paul Hoadley [paulh@logicsquad.net]
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 6:20 AM
To: Docbook Apps
Subject: [docbook-apps] Creating a chapter title page with chapter number and title on different lines


I'm trying to create a chapter title page (with the FO stylesheets) that's reminiscent of some of the O'Reilly books.  Something like this, say:



That is, chapter number, absence of the "Chapter" generated text, and then chapter title in a new block.  I've been out of the DocBook loop for a few years, but I've done title page customisations before—with this, though, I seem to be running around in circles through the template system.  Could someone give me the briefest outline on how to customise the output for the chapter 'title' element like this?  I'm looking at the 'component.title' template in component.xsl, but I can't see where the title text itself is being generated ('<xsl:apply-templates select="$node" mode="object.title.markup">'?), or how I would go about customising it very specifically like this just for chapters.

Paul Hoadley

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