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Subject: Re: [docbook] customizing the pdf layout... doesn't work

Well I know that every parameter has got its own description, but since the
sidebar doesn't work, I assume there must be something I overlooked, and the
parameter reference won't tell me that - so I'm really searching for a
somehow "step by step" document that tells me how to do everything and set
it all up... and also how to avoid some pitfalls...

Scott Hudson wrote:
> You might try the parameter references:
> http://docbook.sourceforge.net/release/xsl/current/doc/
> And, of course, Bob's excellent book:
> http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/
> It's usually easiest to create a customization layer where you set all 
> the params you want, then include the DocBook XSL stylesheets.
> HTH,
> --Scott
> Rock Lobster wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've tried to use DocBook now for about a month or so, and while the
>> writing
>> of a DocBook document is very cool in my opinion, everything else is a
>> real
>> pain :/
>> I tried to customize the pdf LAYOUT, but I just can't get along. My main
>> problem is that I just can't find a GOOD documentation. Okay, there are
>> many
>> free books available, but they are more about DocBook itself, but nowhere
>> is
>> exactly explained how I can change the layout.
>> In the forums, someone explained that the params in the params-directory
>> can't be used directly but they can be compiled to other
>> docbook-transformation-files. But I don't know how I could achieve that,
>> and
>> there are just so many files in the DocBook-directory and I can't find
>> any
>> entry point or something.
>> Then I tried to customize a params.xsl file directly, and it worked, but
>> there are other problems now. For example, I tried to display a sidebar.
>> The
>> default sidebar layout is NOT what is my imagination of a sidebar ;) so I
>> tried to put it on the side by setting sidebar.floating.mode (or whatever
>> it's called) to "left", "start", "outside" and some other options. It
>> disappears completely. If I put it back to "non", it will reappear, but
>> again, it's not a sidebar anymore.
>> Another thing I don't understand is, for example, in Oxygen you can
>> specify
>> some parameters, and those parameters seem to be scanned out from the
>> DocBook directory, but I can't find EVERY parameter - e.g. there's no
>> normal.para.spacing in that list, so I have to change it manually in the
>> file.
>> Is there any COMPLETE text on how to customize parameters, and what's the
>> secret of those files and how are they organized? I can't believe
>> everyone's
>> using the standard layout (especially not with that so-called sidebar :),
>> so
>> I assume there must be some documentation about that.
>> I hope someone's able to help me a little bit on this subject :)
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