Re: [xsl] How to Create Side Heads in XSL-FO

Subject: Re: [xsl] How to Create Side Heads in XSL-FO
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 08:53:39 -0500
At 2002-01-23 08:26 -0500, I wrote:
At 2002-01-22 18:15 -0600, W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
Can anyone offer some advice? For example, I need to format a chapter
title on a page where the body text is indented to 72pts creating an
offset column layout. The chapter number is left justified against the
page edge (left margin) and the title text is in the offset column.

What obvious thing about block placement am I missing in order to see
how to solve this problem in the simplest way?

Given your use of the phrase "block placement", I suppose you could put an inline-container in your block, forcing the size to fit your chapter number and causing the effect of indenting the title text.

In retrospect, I would definitely use either a list or table instead of inlining a container because you don't necessarily know the title will fit on a single line. If the title wraps, you need it to wrap at your indent location rather than the left margin, which would happen if you had just used a container in a block for your chapter number.

At 2002-01-22 18:15 -0600, W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
I'm just starting out trying to create a production FO style and I'm
somewhat stymied by how to create "side heads" (a search in the archives
on "side head" returned no hits).

The appropriate XSLFO terminology would be "start float" or "a float on the start side of the flow". But I don't think any vendor implements this yet.

................ Ken

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