[xep-support] footnotes: reversed text and placement problem

From: CRW150@yahoo.com
Date: Sun Oct 17 2004 - 13:27:35 PDT

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    Still testing the XEP 3.8.4 trial version and have another problem. I
    can do this transformation with Saxon/FOP, and it works fine. But when
    I do it with XEP, I can't get the footnotes to line up even with the
    left page margin--instead they are indented on the left. Also, in my
    template I used "space-before="10pt" on <fo:list-item> in order to add
    a separating space when multiple footnotes appear on one page. That
    works fine in FOP, but when I use it in XEP I get the space between
    footnotes, but then the text in list-item-label is reversed--that is,
    footnote number 23. comes out as .32 or number 1. comes out as .1,

    In my XML, the footnotes are inline, like this:

    <p>Text here<note type='e'>a footnote here</note> and more text

    The template I'm using looks like this:

    <xsl:template match="note[@type='e']">
            <fo:inline baseline-shift="super" font-size="8pt">
                <xsl:apply-templates select="(.)" mode="enumber"/>
                    <xsl:if test="following::node()[1][self::note]">
                        <fo:inline color="black" baseline-shift="super"
                <fo:list-block start-indent="0in">
                    <fo:list-item space-before="10pt">
                        <fo:list-item-label end-indent="label-end()">
                            <fo:block font-size="10pt" line-height="1em">
                                <xsl:apply-templates select="(.)"
                        <fo:list-item-body start-indent="2em">
                            <fo:block font-size="10pt" line-height="1em">

    In case it matters, other templates related to foonote numbering and
    formatting are these:

    <xsl:template match="note[@type='e']" mode="enumber">
        <xsl:number level="any" count="note[@type='e']"

    <xsl:template match="note[@type='e']/p">
        <fo:block font-size="10pt" line-height="1em">

    I think I've tried everything, and I can't figure out why this works
    fine in FOP but not in XEP. I found this in the xep-support archives:

    "reversely printed labels (as well as any other text not due to
    writing-mode) are usually caused by too narrow blocks causing negative
    character-spacing. In the particular case described that was a bug in
    the code. The bug is fixed and the fix will be published as a part of a
    bugfix release soon."

    If my problem is too narrow blocks, I don't know how to adjust that.
    I've tried using various properties and combinations, but nothing
    works. Now I'm totally confused. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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