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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For starters I do not use any PHP code in my documentation so I do not have the need for Phing tasks that take care of syntax highlighting program listings yet. 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 docobok don’t want it too.


Note Use the stylesheet parameter fop1. 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 standard stylesheets or adds extra functionality within the customisation layer docbooj to ones tastes.

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.

DocBook is the first thing that came to mind, but as it is usually the case the things are not so simple as they should be. A list of the latest files at the time of writing is shown below:. I will not contemplate on the DocBook syntax as there are various sources on the internet that will teach you how to use the DocBook syntax for writing.


There is some debate about whether or not it is best to separate block elements from para elements, it is probably better to do so however because some processing systems have problems processing block elements within para elements. An example is shown below:. 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.

DTD’s are especially useful when one wants to validate a document to check that it conforms to the DTD one claims it conforms to. The reason for the thead and tfoot elements is so that different layouts can be applied by the stylesheets for the header and the footer of the table respectively.

Some stylesheets may define that nested lists are of a different numeration by default. FOP will probably generate lots of warnings about un-implemented features whilst generating this output, this is normal and can be ignored. Note 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.

Often one wants to illustrate the use of a program or a commandline, the screen element is intended to mark content up as text that a user would see on a computer screen. On Windows, rename JimiProClasses. Ofcourse you will have to change manual.

The reference page for mediaobject is at http: The output above is PDF, with HTML all the tables look the same as the one with attribute all apart from the one with attribute none which has no frame at all.

In Antenna House, the extension is an attribute named axf: Other table attributes are discussed at http: Unzip the zip to where you want the customisation layer to be situated, this could be within the stylesheets directory or in separate directory. The following are some examples of using the scripts:. You will most likely want to process bitmap graphics in your document. Of course you will have to replace the embed-url with the path to Times New Roman. Since the Apache FOP will probably complain about hyphenation, grab the hyphenation patterns and copy the jar file fop-hyph.


Assume that a file called test.

It is probably worth downloading the customisation layer anyway so you can see how one goes about creating a customisation layer. FOP is distributed as a zip file, which can be opened on almost all systems. It will become apparent how to use the customisation layer in the section on using the tools later. To overcome the necessity to access the Internet to process DocBook documents one can use a catalog file.

You can increase the memory allocation by adding a -Xmx option to any Java command. Depending on the memory configuration of your machine, your FOP process may fail on large documents with a java.

It may be that your system is not allocating enough memory to the Java Virtual Machine.

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The DocBook zip that was just downloaded does actually contain it’s own catalog file catalog. All of the arguments to the command are in the form of options, and they can be presented in any order. For example, on my home machine.

The docbookk colsep and rowsep are used to control whether lines should be drawn between columns and rows respectively:.