Re: [xsl] <br>-type template match for FOP

Subject: Re: [xsl] <br>-type template match for FOP
From: "J.Pietschmann" <j3322ptm@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 19:29:45 +0100
John Dunning wrote:
I'm trying to correctly format <br>-type line breaks in FOP.  The default
template is to match <br> to an empty fo:block:

<xsl:template match="br">

This correctly breaks a line.  However, it does nothing for this case:
<p>testing <!-- should break line --><br/>
<br/><!-- should create blank line-->
a blank line.

Actually it creates a blank line. The new line happens to have zero height though.

Where the second <br/> should create a blank line in the rendered output; for that case, a template like:

<xsl:template match="br">

works properly; but it inserts a blank line (instead of just a carriage

Actually what's wrong with this? You can try a zero width space instead of a non-breaking space (&#x200B;). Technically speacking, and for the majority of layout orientend output formats, the block forces a line break, rather then inserting a line feed. The latter is a character, the former is a layout action.

In any case, both <br/> and using a block in FO to force a line break is
considered bad style, from the viewpoint of pure typography.

  They should never have allowed mixing block FOs with text and inline FOs.


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