[xep-support] Re: Floats spanning multiple pages

From: Kevin Brown <kevin_at_ADDRESS_REMOVED>
Date: Thu May 05 2016 - 10:20:30 PDT

Make a table with three columns and only three cells and one row.

Left cell = sidebar, middle cell=spacer, right cell = body.



                <fo:table-column column-width=”2in”/>

                <fo:table-column column-width=”0.25in”/>




                                                <fo:table-cell><!—sidebar --></fo:table-cell>


<fo:table-cell><!—body --></fo:table-cell>





Kevin Brown



From: Xep-support [mailto:xep-support-bounces@renderx.com] On Behalf Of Morley Tooke
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:59 AM
To: xep-support@renderx.com
Subject: [xep-support] Floats spanning multiple pages


I've recently been asked to make a sidebar containing basic section/UL elements (DITA-OT) in my PDF output. The sidebar will float on the left side of the page, and the rest of the document will position to the right of the sidebar. Everything works as expected except:


1. The float breaks (no space for an element) when the sidebar is too big to fit in the current page and must wrap to the next page, and

2. I'd like to clear the space directly below the sidebar such that he paragraphs to the right of the sidebar do not wrap below the sidebar box.


Here is the template I've been experimenting with:


     <xsl:template match="*[contains(@class,' topic/section ')][@outputclass='sidebar']">

            <fo:float float="start" >

                        <fo:block-container width="12pc" padding-top="18px" >


                                                <fo:block xsl:use-attribute-sets="__sidebar" >

                                                            <xsl:call-template name="commonattributes"/>









Here are the attributes:


            <xsl:attribute-set name="__sidebar">

                                    <xsl:attribute name="width">5pc</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="padding-right">20px</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="margin-right">20px</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="padding-bottom">8px</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="margin-bottom">8px</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="position">absolute</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="border-right-style">dotted</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="border-right-width">1pt</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="border-right-color">black</xsl:attribute>

                                    <xsl:attribute name="font-size">8pt</xsl:attribute>



Is this possible? Thanks in advance.

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