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Subject: Re: [docbook] Omit blank pages after chapter and appendix in double sided output

I went ahead and added something similar to the FO stylesheet.  I created a new param named 'force.blank.pages'.  When set to the default value of 1, you get the current behavior where each chapter starts on an odd page, and blank pages are generated as needed.  If set to zero, then each chapter starts on the next available page and no blank pages are generated.  This param is independent of double.sided.  This is in the current snapshot release, and will be in the next distribution.
Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

From: Xmplar
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 2:39 AM
Subject: Re: [docbook] Omit blank pages after chapter and appendix in double sided output

I have a customization to eliminate blank pages between chapters, which requires a custom page sequence, based on Bob's post of 5 April 2012.

I have a variable ?chaptersonrecto? - set to "1" to start chapters on a recto page, set to "0" to start chapters on any page.

Then in template name="user.pagemasters" (in pagesetup.xsl) I have this coding for custom pages in the ?body? page sequence ? so whenever you set ?chaptersonrecto? to ?0?, this page sequence is selected for processing, otherwise it uses the standard page sequence for ?body?:

<xsl:if test="$chaptersonrecto = 0">
     <fo:page-sequence-master master-name="bodycustom">
         <fo:conditional-page-master-reference master-reference="blank" blank-or-not-blank="blank"/>
         <fo:conditional-page-master-reference master-reference="body-first" page-position="first" odd-or-even="odd"/>       
         <!--<fo:conditional-page-master-reference master-reference="body-even" page-position="first" odd-or-even="even"/>-->
         <fo:conditional-page-master-reference master-reference="body-odd" odd-or-even="odd"/>
         <fo:conditional-page-master-reference odd-or-even="even">
           <xsl:attribute name="master-reference">
               <xsl:when test="$double.sided != 0">body-even</xsl:when>

Then in xsl:template name="select.user.pagemaster" I select that new page sequence where the ?body? page sequence is replaced with ?bodycustom?, with:

<xsl:when test="$default-pagemaster = 'body'">
          <xsl:when test="$chaptersonrecto = 0">
            <xsl:value-of select="'bodycustom'"/>  
            <xsl:value-of select="$default-pagemaster"/>


Then in xsl:template name="force.page.count" I set whether  chapter pages end on even or on any page (I have a more complex selection in the <xsl:when test> statement that forces the last chapter (before the appendices) to always end on even, and which includes part pages):

<xsl:when test="starts-with($master-reference,'bodycustom')">
                    <xsl:when test="($element = 'chapter' or $element = 'article')
            and not(following-sibling::d:chapter or parent::d:part[following-sibling::d:part])">end-on-even</xsl:when>

Finally, I need to add ?bodycustom? in various places in the templates header.content and footer.content so headers and footers appear correctly whenever the custom body page sequence is selected.

This could be adapted for the page class ?back? which contains appendices.


On 04-11-12 8:48 AM, Marit wrote:
Here I find myself able to generate print, interactive pdfs and epubs from
docbook and thought I knew a little or more, though it seems impossible to
omit blank pages after each chapter and appendix in a double sided
configuration (with of course, different marges left and right). 

So far, I have studied posts like
https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/docbook-apps/200903/msg00168.html and
but whatever I try, right pages turn into left pages, pages skip numbering. 

Does anybody knows a good way in order to do this... basically in creating a
book, double sided without any blank page after chapters or appendixes? I
have a book with over 30 appendixes, so blank pages are not appreciated
(from a environmental perspective). 

Help is much appreciated.

Best regards,


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