Re: [xep-support] A3 pages and Landscape Pages

From: Alexander Peshkov (
Date: Thu Jun 03 2004 - 08:53:21 PDT

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    Hello Douglas,

    Page dimensions are defined on every simple-page-master. Therefore you
    just need to switch pagemasters appropriately (please find simple
    example attached). I can't say what happens in XSL-FO produced by
    Arbortext, but from your description I conclude that it just wrap
    "landscape" tables in container with reference-orientation="90"
    instead of using separate page-master. So the problem is in Arbortext
    Composer rather then in XEP.

    Best regards,
    Alexander Peshkov

    Dcac> Most of my output is in A4 portrait mode, but I would like to be able to
    Dcac> output some pages in landscape mode and some pages on A3 landscape.

    Dcac> Using xsl from Arbortext Styler I can produce landscape content (a rotated
    Dcac> table or a rotated graphic and caption) within a portrait page (as defined
    Dcac> by the positon of the header and footer) but the XEP produced pdf has two
    Dcac> drawbacks:

    Dcac> i) if the content is longer than one page the overflow material is lost,
    Dcac> and

    Dcac> ii) the page is displayed in portrait mode, so the table appears sideways
    Dcac> (i.e. English text runs from bottom to top) on the screen. Using Arbortext
    Dcac> Composer to produce the pdf, the pdf has additional pages to hold overflow
    Dcac> and the page is shown in landscape mode, making the content easier to
    Dcac> view.

    Dcac> Is there any way of producing landscape pages (or landscape within
    Dcac> portrait, viewed onscreen as landscape) and A3 landscape pages that
    Dcac> revert back to A4 portrait at the end of the current element? The
    Dcac> requirement to issue overflow pages automatically is a 'nice-to-have' that
    Dcac> could be dropped, at a pinch. (In a way, what I want is a nested pageset -
    Dcac> but that is not allowed in xsl-fo).

    Dcac> Regards, Doug x2571

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