Re: [xep-support] Including an FO document in another FO document?

From: Jost Klopfstein <>
Date: Tue Nov 25 2008 - 10:25:34 PST

Hi Al,

If your includes are entire pages you could pre-render the includes to PDF and include entire pages or page sequences into your FO.
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  ----- Original Message -----
  From: A Seifert
  Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 8:38 AM
  Subject: Re: [xep-support] Including an FO document in another FO document?

  Thanks Ken. It does help a bit. Unfortunately that's what we suspected. I was just hoping.


  On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 2:58 PM, G. Ken Holman <> wrote:

    At 2008-11-21 14:16 -0800, A Seifert wrote:

      Is it possible to create an FO document that includes another FO document?

    Not by reference, but when using XSLT you can merge portions of FO found in other documents into the FO stream you are creating.

      Like how an HTML file can include an external CSS?

    No, not like that. XSL-FO is designed such that the entire instance has all of the information except for external graphics. You cannot even share static content between page sequences or re-use other groups of formatting objects because the design allows the formatter to do a lot of garbage collection when finished with page sequences.

      I've been looking for "include" but I can only find references for inclusion with regards to XSLT, not FO.

    Right ... *that* inclusion is for managing stylesheet fragments. There is no equivalent concept in XSL-FO.

    I hope this helps your understanding of the specification.

    . . . . . . . . . Ken

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