RE: [xsl] XSLFO block-container and how to flow text around it

Subject: RE: [xsl] XSLFO block-container and how to flow text around it
From: Mario Madunic <mario.madunic@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 08:51:44 -0800
The footer solution worked with a small adjustment to the content that appears
first on the first pages body. Tried what Tony Graham suggested. It did not
work. When I have time to play I'll give his second suggestion a try and test

Thanks for your suggestions Ken and Tony.


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From: Tony Graham [mailto:tgraham@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:26 PM
To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLFO block-container and how to flow text around it

On Wed, December 18, 2013 7:32 pm, Mario Madunic wrote:
> I have a requirement where there is a block of text at the bottom of
> the first page's body above the footer. The header, footer, and body
> each have borders around them and a space around 0.25in between the
> header border bottom and body border top and the footer border top and
> body bottom border.
> Instead of placing the text as part of the first page's footer, I used
> a block-container and gave it the x and y positions to place it at the
> bottom of the first page's body. At the moment body text is not
> flowing onto the following page once it meets the block-container but
> continuing through it. Which attribute(s) and value(s) can I use to
> force the body content to flow around the block-container?

You may get the result you want by using 'absolute-position="fixed"'
rather than 'absolute-position="absolute"', but the spec is murky about what
the difference means in practice for your situation.  It says "Absolutely
positioned areas are taken out of the normal flow." [3], whereas 'xsl-fixed'
areas get the same positioning but without the words about 'taken out' and 'no

If your formatter [2] supports it, you could use a flow-map [1] and flow the
block of text into a region that appears only on the first page.

If you had a recent-enough AHF, you'd be able to float the block to the


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[2] IIRC, you are using a not-current Antenna House version?

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