[xep-support] Demonstrable back of the book index methodology for XSL-FO 1.0

From: G. Ken Holman (gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com)
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 19:36:17 PST

The XSL-FO 1.0 page-number citation facility is well-suited for the
generation of tables of content but ill-suited for back-of-the-book indexes
where the cited pages must be arbitrarily massaged into ranges and
singleton pages.

I've just implemented back-of-the-book indexes for the next edition cycle
of our electronic books. It mostly involves XSLT and XSL-FO 1.0 ... the
catch is to use the PDF output format for an intermediate pass and a
no-charge download for extracting text from PDF files. The model will work
for other final form print formats where the canvas content can be extracted.

I've distilled a working demonstration and the XSLT stylesheets for doing
this to illustrate the methodology. I introduced this methodology during
the question and answer period of Eliot Kimber's XSL-FO case study at the
Extreme Markup conference in Montréal last August. I only got the chance
to implement it last week.

Only one no-charge PDF to text download has been identified so far ... I'm
hoping other XSL-FO users will tell me of other tools meeting the free

Please visit the "Resource Library (free developer tools)" link from our
home page cited below.

Feedback is welcome!

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

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