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Re: using all page masters in a sequence

From: G. Ken Holman <gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:22:18 -0800
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To: www-xsl-fo@w3.org
No, within the bounds of the standard the only way to create pages is 
to have enough flow to require them, or to trigger blank pages by 
forced page counts or flow in subsequent non-blank pages.

Using an intermediate format, such as RenderX's, you could easily 
determine using XSLT how many pages have flow are in the resulting 
area tree and so how many pages to inject to make up your count.

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . Ken

At 2014-02-14 16:34 -0600, Paul Tyson wrote:
>Is it possible to force a page-sequence to consume all the
>non-repeatable page-masters listed in its reference
>I can have 1-n page-masters, but there might only be enough content to
>generate m pages. I want to use up all the page-masters (with blank flow
>content) for pages m+1 through n.
>More than n pages will use the repeatable-page-master at the end of the
>So I might have:
><fo:page-sequence-master master-name="the-page-sequence">
>   <fo:single-page-master-reference master-reference="master-1"/>
>   <fo:single-page-master-reference master-reference="master-2"/>
>   <fo:single-page-master-reference master-reference="master-3"/>
>   <!-- through master-n -->
>   <fo:repeatable-page-master-reference master-name="master-0"/>
>And then:
><fo:page-sequence master-reference="the-page-sequence">
>   ...
>   <fo:flow>
>     <!-- long or short content -->
>   </fo:flow>
>I am almost resigned to estimating vertical space required to fill n
>pages and adding that to the flow content, but thought I would ask to
>see if I am missing something, perhaps involving
>fo:conditional-page-master-reference and force-page-count.
>(Yes, this would be better handled using independent region-bodies with
>separate content flows, but FOP does not support that yet.)
>Thanks and regards,

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