DITA and XMetaL Discussion
sgrayson December 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm
Finding element styling in the XSLs that format PDF outputDecember 20, 2010 at 6:32 pmParticipants 1Replies 2Last Activity 12 years, 1 month ago
It seems like there are multiple XSLs that effect PDF output. What is the best process for determining which XSLs are used for PDF output? Does the XMetaL UI have some way of easily editing these files so that element formats can be easily changed? The process I'm using seems quite clumsy so I'm assuming I'm doing something wrong since changing formatting is important to get right.
@AmazonSu-Laine Yeo December 22, 2010 at 1:08 am
Reply to: Finding element styling in the XSLs that format PDF outputDecember 22, 2010 at 1:08 am
A good place to start is with the parameters that XMetaL provides for adjusting PDF output. If what you need to do can be done via a parameter, it will probably be easier than editing XSL. See here: http://na.justsystems.com/webhelp/en/xmetalauthor/enterprise/6.0/XMEE.html#Appendix%20D:%20Configuring%20PDF%20output
If you want to modify anything in the Open Toolkit folder, be sure to read this first to make sure you're working in the right folder: http://forums.xmetal.com/index.php/topic,939.0.html
XMetaL does not have a UI for editing XSL files. There are various good third-party applications for editing XSL, or you could use a free text editor such as Notepad++.
Regarding PDF customization in general, there is a good whitepaper here: http://www.scriptorium.com/whitepapers/ditaotpdf/DITA-PDF-tweaks.pdf . Note that the folder for customizing “XMetaL Enhanced PDF” output is demo/xmfo, not demo/fo.
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