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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Sigplan template, the continuing saga: Paragraph indents

Hi Aaron,
This can be done, but it is surprisingly tricky to select the first para after a section title in the general case. The content model for section allows all kinds of elements to appear before the first para element. For example, an itemizedlist can appear first in a section, but you probably would not want the first para after that list to be outdented.

So the select statement has to specify which elements you want to allow between the <section> start tag and the first <para> element. That would include some elements that are not expressed in the output but that still affect the select statement:


The following customized template is copied from the match="d:para" template in fo/block.xsl. It selects the children of section, then eliminates the allowed elements before para, then takes the first remaining element [1], and then checks to see if it is a para (self::d:para). Only then is that template applied. The only difference in the template body is to add a text-indent="0pt" to the fo:block to override the 'para.properties' attribute set.

<xsl:template match="d:section/*[not(self::d:title or
                                   self::d:subtitle or
                                   self::d:titleabbrev or
                                   self::d:info or
                                   self::d:indexterm or
                                   self::d:remark or

  <xsl:variable name="keep.together">
    <xsl:call-template name="pi.dbfo_keep-together"/>
  <fo:block xsl:use-attribute-sets="para.properties" text-indent="0pt">
    <xsl:if test="$keep.together != ''">
      <xsl:attribute name="keep-together.within-column"><xsl:value-of
    <xsl:call-template name="anchor"/>

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

On 2/4/2014 6:59 PM, Aaron W. Hsu wrote:
In my continuing efforts to get a sigplan compatible docbook template,
I'm going pretty well, and getting much further than I ever thought that
I would. I'd like to present a small issue that I haven't found a quick
solution to:

How do I make it so that the first paragraph after a section heading is
not indented? I have it so that all paragraphs are normally indented by
a small amount, but I can't seem to remove the indent for paragraphs
occuring right after the section heading. Any suggestions would be

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