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Subject: Re: [docbook] Page Breaks

On 2016-07-06 16:44, Peter Flynn wrote:
On 07/06/2016 02:33 PM, Forsyth, Emily B. wrote:
Is there an EASY way to get page breaks?  We have tables that are
breaking in the middle of a row and don't want that to happen.

If you are able to use LaTeX as your formatter instead of FO, it should
be possible to make the table use 'longtable' package (plugin), which
will automatically break across page boundaries.

Also I have blockquote that has programlisting for coding information
and do not want that to break in the middle of the block.

Same; the 'listings' package will break across page boundaries.

But I don't know if your toolchain allows you to switch to a different

FYI, we use dblatex (http://dblatex.sourceforge.net/) for all our PDF production from DocBook files. dblatex produces a LaTeX (or XeLaTeX, if you're using non-ASCII Unicode) file, which you then run through (xe)latex to produce the PDF.

Is there an EASY way to get page breaks?

A comment on this fix: You really have the converse problem. You don't really want to put in a page break just before a longish table, because whenever you edit the XML source, you'll be getting a different amount of text on the page before the table, and sometimes that will be very little text. What you want instead is to be able to float the table onto the next page whenever there's too much text on the current page for the table to fit, and then continue outputting the text that happens to be after that table in the XML, until you hit the end of the page. At least that's how professional typesetting is done, and it is how LaTeX does it. And if you ever have really long tables--ones that won't fit even on a blank page--you can use the longtable package that Peter mentions for that table.

Actually, I may have misunderstood the original request.  Emily wrote:
...tables that are breaking in the middle of a *row*...
(emphasis added) If it's breaking in the middle of a row, rather than in the middle of a table *between* rows, then it sounds like the table is too wide for the page, not too long. In which case one solution would be to rotate the table 90 degrees. There's a LaTeX package for this, too: pdflscape (and it automagically rotates the PDF on-screen so you don't have to tilt your head to read it).

   Mike Maxwell

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