Docbook is easy to learn, easy to write, and does things other text Then you process file with Apache FOP, a Java application that. You should also take a look at the information about SVG support in FOP at the apache website: Bob Stayton. Apache™ FOP: General questions¶. What is Apache™ FOP?¶; .. Older DocBook style sheets generate fo:table-with-caption elements, so watch out.

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One does not have to encapsulate the mediaobject in a figure object but doing so allows one to provide a title and be able to have the figure listed in a list of figures at the beginning of the document.

One may modify the stylesheets directly but more often one creates a customisation layer which imports the standard stylesheets and then one overrides specific aspects of the standard stylesheets or adds extra functionality within the customisation layer according to ones tastes. Now the refactored version has been released, with the first stable version 0.

How the PDF is created

It may be that your system is not allocating enough memory to the Java Virtual Machine. You might not use all the tools but they are worth having around in case you decide you need them. The ftp directory also contains devel versions of the software, this is for people who want to develop with libxml. An example use of itemized list is shown below:. Note Use the stylesheet parameter fop1. Note Some stylesheets may define that nested lists are of a different numeration by default.

From DocBook to PDF using Apache FOP

The Definitive Guide doxbook Put the following content into it:. Download the zip or tar with bin as a substring of its name to some suitable location.

Some older versions are available in the directory oldreleases on that server, should one desire them. An example of a para element containing some inline elements is shown below:. Unfortunately there is no morecolumns attribute, instead one has to use namest to specify the starting column of the entry and nameend to specify the ending column of the entry.


Installing an XSL-FO processor

I will not go into details on validating DocBoox syntax, but it is recommended that you validate your files because I guess it is faster than invoking Apache FOP to generate you PDF and realising that somewhere at the end of your documentation there is a syntax error.

The reference page for the ulink element can be found here: That extra code is understood only by a specific processor, so this feature is controlled by stylesheet parameters. FOP will probably generate lots of warnings about un-implemented features whilst generating this output, this is normal and can be ignored. In order to execute this conversion you will need to have generated XSL FO output by using xsltproc or some other tool capable of doing so.

One option you will not find is the ability to set DocBook stylesheet parameters on the command line when you use the -xsl option that processes the stylesheet.

An example is shown below:. Some products provide a command line interface or convenience script. Ofcourse you will have to change manual. So usually the first row would be wrapped in a thead element. Some provide extension elements and processing instructions to enable features that are not covered in the XSL-FO 1. When you view a PDF file’s document properties in the reader, it may show title, author, subject, and keywords information.

The value you use should be dop than the installed memory on the system, and should leave enough memory for other processes that may be running.

If I am running a Windows system I have a directory called c: FOP is distributed as a zip file, which can be opened on almost all systems. For starters I do not use any PHP code in my documentation so I do not have rocbook need aapche Phing tasks that take care of syntax highlighting program listings yet.


DTD’s are especially useful when one wants to validate a document to check that it conforms to the DTD one claims it conforms to.

Unzip the zip to where you want apacche customisation layer to be situated, this could be within the stylesheets directory or in separate directory. There are two elements used for placing tables inside a DocBook document, table and informaltablethe only difference between the former and the latter is that the former requires a title and the latter does not.

Most of them are commercial products, but they are in serious competition on price and features, which benefits the user community. This section will detail how to install the tools required to validate and process XML DocBook documents. The item within the imageobject that handles the image is imagedatait’s reference page is at http: Use the stylesheet parameter fop1. Create a suitable directory to contain the stuff that is about to be extracted.

The reference page for the programlisting element can be found here: You might have noticed on the webpage or in the zip, other files apart from DTD files, these are auxiliary files and are necessary. The example above was taken from a Windows system, modify the value of the uri attribute to point to the location of the DTD on your system.

I will not contemplate on the DocBook syntax as there are various sources on the internet that will teach you how to use the DocBook syntax for writing. A row consists of a number of entry elements which are entered in the sequence they should appear in each table row, for more information about the row element see http: The options for FOP are listed at http: They also differ in the features they offer.