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Release Notes for the DocBook XSL Stylesheets $Revision: 9372 $ $Date: 2012-05-20 04:38:17 +0000 (Sun, 20 May 2012) $ 2012-05-20 This release-notes document is available in the following formats: HTML, PDF, plain text; it provides a per-release list of enhancements and changes to the stylesheets’ public APIs (user-configurable parameters) and excludes descriptions of most bug fixes. For a complete list of all changes (including all bug fixes) that have been made since the previous release, see the separate NEWS (plain text) or NEWS.html files. Also available: An online hyperlinked change history (warning: big file) of all changes made over the entire history of the codebase. As with all DocBook Project dot-zero releases, this is an experimental release. It will be followed shortly by a stable release. Release Notes: 1.77.0 The following list summarizes the major changes that have been made since the 1.76.1 release. It is followed by sections detailing changes to individual files from the SVN checkin logs, edited to remove housekeeping changes and bug fixes. See the NEWS.xml file for a complete unedited list of SVN changes. -- Gentext webhelp Many improvements to the generated text for webhelp output. -- Common Support more media types Expanded list of supported filename extensions for media to include video and audio, mostly for HTML5 and EPUB3 outputs. Topic element Add basic support for new topic element, which is available in DocBook 5.1. Generally a topic element will be used with assembly and may be transformed to some other hierarchical element during processing, but it can also be formatted as a plain topic. -- FO Add para.properties attribute-set Add a para.properties attribute-set that applies only to para elements. That allows still using normal.para.spacing attribute-set for many block elements for uniform spacing, but allows separate formatting of para elements. List of titles in article Add support for List of Tables, List of Figures, etc. for articles and other component-level elements. Includes a new template for each in autotoc.xsl, new attribute-sets in titlepage.xsl, and new entries in the titlepage.templates.xml file tu support customization. Customizing links in FO Add template mode simple.xlink.properties to allow easy customization of formatting of links generated from elements that use the xlink attributes. This extends link formatting beyond that of xref, link, and olink which use xref.properties attribute-set. Table caption The caption element in an HTML table is now handled like a title in a CALS table, using the formal.object.title template with all its features, including placement. Now caption template in mode="htmlTable" does nothing, because caption handled by formal.object.title template. Also adds support for table caption element in a CALS table, placing it after the table. Graphics attribute handling Refactored the big process.image template to use individual templates such as image.width for most attributes to allow easier customization of individual properties. Side regions Add support for side page regions in addition to header and footer regions. This feature lets you add running content to the side margins, and by default the content is rotated 90 degrees. Adds new templates named running.side.content, region.inner and region.outer; new template modes region.inner.mode and region.outer.mode; new parameters named region.inner.extent, region.outer.extent, body.margin.inner, body.margin.outer, and side.region.precedence; and new attribute-sets named inner.region.content.properties, outer.region.content.properties, region.inner.properties, and region.outer.properties. Callout formatting Add new attribute-sets for calloutlist. Topic element Add basic support for formatting a topic element, which is available in DocBook 5.1. -- HTML HTML5 Add variables to the base HTML stylesheets that can be adjusted for the HTML5 stylesheets. Insert Javascript reference Add support for html.script param to insert reference to a Javascript file. Namespace for titlepage mechanism. Titlepage mechanism is now namespace aware to support XHTML. Chunked filename prefix New param named chunked.filename.prefix lets you add a filename prefix to each chunked file. This replaces the buggy practice of adding such a prefix to the base.dir param. Now the base.dir param will always have a trailing slash added if it is not present, so you no longer have to remember to add it to the param value. Generate id attributes The stylesheet param generate.id.attributes already existed but was incompletely implemented. Now when it is set to 1, only id attributes should be output, not <a name> named anchors. Generate consistent id attributes New generate.consistent.ids parameter which allows generating a more stable id values based on XPath rather than the generate-id() function, which may not produce consistent values between runs. Stable output ids allow you to make stable links to generated content from the outside. Topic element Add basic support for formatting a topic element, which is available in DocBook 5.1. Generally a topic element will be used with assembly and may be transformed to some other hierarchical element during processing, but it can also be formatted as a plain topic. -- Webhelp Webhelp refactored Webhelp templates refactored to better support customization. Added documentation. More and better documentation added. Webhelp generated text Many improvements to the generated text for webhelp output. -- XHTML5 New stylesheets to generate HTML5 output, in an XML serialization. These templates are a customization layer on top of the XHTML stylesheet files. -- EPUB3 New stylesheets to generate EPUB3 output. These templates are a customization layer on top of the xhtml5 stylesheet files. -- Assembly New assembly.xsl stylesheet to convert a DocBook 5.1 assembly into a standard DocBook 5 document. Also includes a topic-maker-chunk.xsl stylesheet that can convert a DocBook 5 book or article document into an assembly with a collection of modular files, including converting some elements to topic files.
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