Re: [xsl] XSL FO TOC for an indexing document

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSL FO TOC for an indexing document
From: "Christopher R. Maden" <crism@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 17:05:05 -0400
Mark Wilson wrote:
> All of the XSL FO TOC generating examples I have seen are keyed to the
> structural parts of a book (a chapter element, etc) or some similar
> object. I have constructed an index to a journal using XSL-FO and would
> like to have a TOC that indicates the initial use of each letter of the
> alphabet, or some useful refinement thereof. For a start, how would I
> identify the position in the index where a letter was used for the first
> time. If it would help, here is a draft copy of the document:

You could do this by processing your index twice, in different modes.

In the TOC, you would process the index and generate a TOC heading for
each new initial letter.  The page number would be an FO forward
reference to some deterministic identifier (like idx-a, say).

Then, when you process the index per se, you would generate a marker for
the first entry of each letter using that same identifier.  The FO
formatter will backfill the page number, just as it does for chapter

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