Re: [xep-support] Re: Fw: external-graphic doesn't fit?!

From: Ruth, Brice (
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 07:15:30 PDT

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    OK, sounds good!! I'll give this a whack, and see if I can figure out a
    decent way of getting the variable data in the PDF - if I have problems,
    I'm sure you'll hear from me!! :)

    Thanks again!

    Alexander Peshkov wrote:

    >Hello Brice,
    >your message bounced from xep-support list because of attachment. Big
    >attachments are not allowed in our public list. When you need to send us
    >some files it is recommended to use
    >You hit a well known problem here :-) An fo:external-graphic is an
    >inline-level element. When it is hosted in a block, there is always a
    >bit of white space before and after each inline element known as
    >half-leading. It's this space that leads to increased height of the
    >block-container content and thus to the overflow. It's enough to
    >specify line-height="0pt" on the block that encloses the image in
    >order to achieve correct behavior.
    >However in your case the better technique would be to place
    >printer-marks.pdf into the region-body background rather then employ
    >absolutely-positioned container. The following code demonstrates this
    ><?xml version="1.0"?>
    ><fo:root xmlns:fo="">
    > <fo:layout-master-set>
    > <fo:simple-page-master master-name="main"
    > page-width="4.42in" page-height="2.92in">
    > <fo:region-body background-image="url('printer-marks.pdf')"
    > padding-top="((2.92in - 2in) div 2) + 0.165in"
    > padding-left="((4.42in - 3.5in) div 2) + 0.18in"/>
    > </fo:simple-page-master>
    > </fo:layout-master-set>
    > <fo:page-sequence master-reference="main">
    > <fo:flow flow-name="xsl-region-body">
    > <fo:block>
    > <fo:external-graphic src="url('content.pdf')"/>
    > </fo:block>
    > </fo:flow>
    > </fo:page-sequence>
    >(note that I reproduced spacing that appeared in your original code
    >using region-body padding)
    >Regarding your question about the best way to "marry" varying data
    >with static image: the answer depend on the nature of the data.
    >Since you haven't send us content.pdf I have no idea what kind of
    >content you are trying to add to your boiler-plate PDF so it's hard to
    >make any reasoned suggestions. In general you will place boiler-plate
    >image in the background and then cover it with content which can be
    >positioned in a number of ways (using margins/paddings, absolute
    >containers, tables, etc.).
    >Best regards,
    >Alexander Peshkov
    >P.S.: I'm not the only one responsible for support of XEP but all of
    > us have other tasks also.
    >RB> ----- Original Message -----
    >RB> From: "Ruth, Brice" <>
    >RB> To: <>
    >RB> Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 10:42 PM
    >RB> Subject: external-graphic doesn't fit?!
    >RB> I have a simple-page-master setup with a width of 4.42in and height of
    >RB> 2.92in. I have placed a block-container, absolutely positioned, which
    >RB> contains an external-graphic (within a block), whose width & height is
    >RB> exactly 4.42in x 2.92in. Unfortunately, I have to scale the height of
    >RB> the graphic to 2.84in for XEP not to 'overflow' ...
    >RB> What's going on here?!
    >RB> <?xml version="1.0"?>
    >RB> <fo:root xmlns:fo="">
    >RB> <fo:layout-master-set>
    >RB> <fo:simple-page-master master-name="main"
    >RB> page-width="4.42in" page-height="2.92in"
    >RB> margin-top="((2.92in - 2in) div 2) + 0.165in"
    >RB> margin-left="((4.42in - 3.5in) div 2) + 0.18in">
    >RB> <fo:region-body/>
    >RB> </fo:simple-page-master>
    >RB> </fo:layout-master-set>
    >RB> <fo:page-sequence master-reference="main">
    >RB> <fo:flow flow-name="xsl-region-body">
    >RB> <fo:block>
    >RB> <fo:external-graphic src="url('content.pdf')"/>
    >RB> </fo:block>
    >RB> <fo:block-container
    >RB> absolute-position="fixed">
    >RB> <fo:block>
    >RB> <fo:external-graphic
    >RB> src="url('printer-marks.pdf')"
    >RB> width="4.42in" height="2.84in"/>
    >RB> </fo:block>
    >RB> </fo:block-container>
    >RB> </fo:flow>
    >RB> </fo:page-sequence>
    >RB> </fo:root>
    >RB> Setting the height on the 'printer-marks.pdf' to 2.92in, provides the
    >RB> following error on output:
    >RB> [warning] content overflow in an absolutely positioned block-container
    >RB> I've attached the 'printer-marks.pdf' if it helps.
    >RB> Many thanks!
    >RB> Brice Ruth
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