Re: [xep-support]Using several alignment methods in one fo:block-container simultaneously.

From: Nikolai Grigoriev (
Date: Wed Feb 26 2003 - 12:51:53 PST

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    Hi Irina,

    > I use XEP. The task is to place several text blocks
    > in a single line at the Footer of each page.
    > E.g.: <Date> - in the left-hand corner, <Page number>
    > - in the center, <Custom Text> - in the right-hand corner.
    > The order in which this data is to be displayed on the page
    > is not predefined, since the client wishes to change the data
    > alignment and to affect its appearance in general.
    > For instance, <Page number> may be aligned to the left,
    > and <Date> may not be displayed at all.
    > Could you tell me how it can be done?

    I'd rather use absolutely positioned block containers.
    More or less like this:

    <fo:static-content flow-name="xsl-region-after">
      <fo:block-container position="fixed"
                 left="1in" right="1in" bottom="0in" height="1in">
           <fo:block text-align="start">02/25/2003<fo:block>

      <fo:block-container position="fixed"
                 left="1in" right="1in" bottom="0in" height="1in">
           <fo:block text-align="center">Page <fo:page-number /><fo:block>

      <fo:block-container position="fixed"
                 left="1in" right="1in" bottom="0in" height="1in">
           <fo:block text-align="end">Custom Text<fo:block>

    These are three superimposed block containers, placed at the bottom of the
    Each specifies its own text alignment inside, using normal 'text-align'
    on the inner blocks.

    > I tried using the <fo:block-container> tag. However, its
    > 'writing-mode' attribute has no 'center' value.

    "Writing-mode" specifies text flow rules, not block alignment :-).

    > Besides, each <fo:block-container is displayed on a new line.

    Fo:block-container is a block element. How it can be otherwise?

    > Example code:
    > <fo:static-content flow-name="xsl-region-before">

    You said you wanted them in the footer; why "region-before"?

    > <fo:block-container relative-position="relative" writing-mode="lr">

    Relative-position is not supported in XEP. In any case, it is not going
    to achieve the desired effect.

    > (Relex Inc, Voronezh)

    Privet Voronezhu :-).

    Best regards,
    Nikolai Grigoriev

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