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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Assuming an install of the customisation layer mentioned above in the same location as the standard stylesheets one could generate XHTML output that conformed to the custom stylesheet for XHTML like this:. Note Use the stylesheet parameter fop1.


You should never turn on the extensions for a processor you are not using, or you will likely get a lot of error messages from the XSL-FO processor that does not understand the extra code. And this And this And this.

Download the latest stylesheets from http: The stylesheets are now ready to use. The reference page for the para element can be found here: The reference page for itemizedlist is here: Unpack the archive FOP is distributed as a zip file, which can be opened on almost all systems.

Here is a quick description of some of the ffop. The reference page for the screen element can be found here: An example of a para element containing some inline elements is shown below:.

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Another tool called a resolver will be installed to allow the tools to map links to files external to the computer being worked on to files local to the computer being worked on. More information about customising stylesheets can be found at http: The advantage of unzipping the zip in the same location as the standard stylesheets is that the import links may be relative the import links can always be relative assuming the stylesheets are on the same machine, but for clarity if I am using a different directory for the customisation stylesheets I will make the import references absolute.

For example, on my home machine. The Unix and Windows installation paths are very similar, the differences will be mentioned where appropriate. The morerow attribute specifies how many more rows the entry it is applied to should span:.


This is particularly pertinent if you study at The University Of Birmingham because any documentation created by me there in DocBook uses this customisation layer, all the tutorials I have written conform to these stylesheets. This section will detail how to install the tools required to validate and process XML DocBook documents.

Use the stylesheet parameter fop1. The DocBook DTD Document Type Definition contains rules which specify the structure of a valid DocBook document, for example, the order that elements may appear and valid attributes etc. Do this And this And this And this. The provided customisations are listed below:. FOP has built-in support for some graphics formats, but some popular formats such as PNG are not supported natively. Accented characters are replaced with hashes if you do not use a font that supports multi-byte characters.

Provides the support library for SVG graphics. Entities for special characters 3. On Windows, rename JimiProClasses. Some common inline elements 3.

This will generate a PDF file named according to the name provided as the second argument. The reference page for the programlisting element can be found here: The output produced in the following examples was produced using a customisation of the stylesheets hence output on systems not implementing the same customisations may differ. To download FOP, go to http: The item within the imageobject that handles the image is imagedatait’s reference page is at http: Some older versions are available in the directory oldreleases on that server, should one desire them.

For more information about the tgroup apacye see http: Also, the –nonet option can be useful to surpress fetching of DTDs files from the web if you find that your version does this by default and you don’t want it too. Download the zip or tar with bin as a substring of its name to some suitable location.

From DocBook to PDF using Apache FOP

FOP will probably generate lots of warnings about un-implemented features whilst generating this output, this is normal and can be ignored. Here is the zipped customisation layer: Within this tutorial the primary purpose for installing the libxml C library will be to gain access the tools that come with it.


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.

In Antenna House, an extension attribute named axf: Since I do not like to repeat myself I wanted a system that is capable of generating documentation in variety of formats, PDF being the most important one. An example is shown below:. The program xsltproc can be used to transform XML files. The options for FOP are listed at http: FOP will convert a.

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 top stylesheets dodbook adds extra functionality within the customisation layer according to ones tastes.

Assume that a file called test. Because these products are undergoing rapid development, and because they provide their own documentation and support, this book will not provide general instructions on how to use them.

A row consists of a number of entry elements which are entered in the sequence they should appear in each table doocbook, for more information about the row element see http: If the document is invalid xmllint will output an error similar to this:.

Ofcourse you will have to change manual. For example the mediaobject element may contain a PNG format imageobject for HTML output and a TIFF format imageobject for print output, there may also be a textobject providing a description of the image for an output format that does not have the capability to display images, for example, perhaps the document will be output in an audio format for people with sight problems.

If you unzip to a separate directory these directories will be created.