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  • IF

    Changing the page layout to two columns – PDF output

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    Which file do I need to modify to create a PDF document in which body pages have two columns?

    I tried to modify the file  “…AppDataRoamingSoftQuadXMetaLSharedDITA_OTdemoxmfoCustomizationfolayout-masters.xml”
    by  adding a  column-count=”2″ statement but it did not work.

    For example:

            master-name=”body-even”
            page-width=”215.9mm”
            page-height=”279.4mm”>
                        column-count=”2″

    Maybe it's because I'm supposed to be modifying the file xm_layout_masters_overrides.xls instead?

    Using XMetal 6.0 on Windows 7

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    gcrews

    Reply to: Changing the page layout to two columns – PDF output

    Look around 77 and 88 in xm_layout_masters_overrides.xls , I had a devil of a time modifying the layout-masters.xml until I realized the attributes and values I put in there were being striped by the overrides and not passed though.

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    IF

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    Thanks! Editing the file xm_layout_masters_overrides to add a couple of ” 2” worked.  I managed to make the TOC two-column in the process, but I'm sure that something I can fix. Thanks for the help.

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    DITALearner

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    Hello IF,

    I am trying to achieve the same thing as you but failing to get it working. Would you please share your complete code?

    Thank

    Thanks! Editing the file xm_layout_masters_overrides to add a couple of ” 2” worked.  I managed to make the TOC two-column in the process, but I'm sure that something I can fix. Thanks for the help.

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    IF

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    I added the    2 lines
    in this section of the file %AppData%SoftQuadXMetaL SharedDITA_OTdemoxmfoCustomizationfoxslxm_layout_masters_overrides.xsl

    Note that I am not an expert and that I am learning by trial&error and reverse engineeering…

          match=”fo:region-body[contains(parent::*/@master-name,'even')] | fo:region-body[contains(parent::*/@master-name,'last')]”
          mode=”layout-masters-processing”>
               
               2
               
             
                   
             
         

       

       
           
               
                after
               
           

       

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    DITALearner

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    Thank you very much.

    Just tried the solution and it worked fine.

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    DITALearner

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    Hi again,

    Now that I have manage to get the two-column working in my document, would you tell me if you did manage to make yours one-column? If yes, please share with me the changes you made.

    Thanks.

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    IF

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    Are you asking if I managed to make the TOC one column? If so, the answer is that I did not try to do that because I don't need a TOC for that document type.

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    DITALearner

    Reply to: Changing the page layout to two columns – PDF output

    Yes, I was asking if you managed to. In any case would you know the way to do it, if so would you mind sharing or at least a hint in that direction?

    Thanks.

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