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Re: Please resurrect xsl-fo tutorial on w3school

From: Liam R. E. Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:25:12 -0400
Message-ID: <1426811112.19196.16.camel@w3.org>
To: Patrick Goetz <pgoetz@mail.utexas.edu>
Cc: www-xsl-fo@w3.org
On Thu, 2015-03-19 at 05:03 -0500, Patrick Goetz wrote:
> On 3/18/2015 9:49 PM, anon anon wrote:
> > I understand w3 is moving towards CSS3, however, I am
> > picking up legacy code that's not documented by a coworker, and I 
> > believe if I were to go through the same tutorial that the person 
> > went through, then it would help me too.
> 
> 
> Is CSS3 going to address the chronic deficiencies of XSL-FO 1.1; 
> e.g. not being able to count elements on a physical page (e.g. in 
> order to set footnote labels properly)?  Is this why the XSL-FO 2.0 
> effort was abandoned?

You don't need to count objects on a page to reset footnote numbering; 
rather, it's meant to be used declaratively.

The XSL-FO 2 ework did add support for automatic numbering.

Probably for CSS footnotes today you use counter-reset: footnote; in 
the @-rule for your page.

We abandoned the work because no-one was showing up to meetings, or 
not enough people I should say - one, two or three people, compared to 
forty people at a CSS meeting.

> For a tutorial introduction to XSL-FO, I highly recommend "XSL 
> Formatting Objects" by Doug Lovell.  No free download, but I've read 
> all
> English language XSL-FO books, and this is by far the best for 
> learning the language.  If you read German, there's also "XSL-FO" by 
> Marco Skulschus and Marcus Wiederstein.
> 
> 
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