14.1. Introduction

The document being edited is converted to other formats by the means of XSLT stylesheets.

Figure 9.10. Converting an XML document to an XSL-FO based format
Converting an XML document to an XSL-FO based format

This dialog box allows to:

  • Select an XSLT stylesheet other the default one.

    Example: when converting a DocBook document to HTML, the default XSLT stylesheet generates HTML and does not support profiling. this dialog box allows to select any of the following alternate XSLT stylesheets: "Generate HTML; profiling stylesheet", "Generate XHTML", "Generate XHTML; profiling stylesheet".

  • Create a custom XSLT stylesheet on the fly.

    A custom XSLT stylesheet created this way merely imports the stock XSLT stylesheet. Example:

    <xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
                    version="1.0">
      <xsl:import href="xxe-config:docbook/xsl/fo/docbook.xsl"/>
      <!-- REDEFINE PARAMETERS AND ATTRIBUTE-SETS HERE -->
    </xsl:stylesheet>

    After such custom XSLT stylesheet has been created, the user is expected to add to it a number of parameters and attribute-sets.

  • Invoke a specialized editor —XMLmind XSL Customizer— to modify a user-created XSLT stylesheet.

However, when the document being edited is converted to an HTML-based format (Web Help, EPUB, HTML Help, etc)[29], the HTML pages which are automatically generated by the aforementioned XSLT stylesheets are styled mainly by CSS stylesheets.

Figure 9.11. Converting an XML document to an HTML-based format
Converting an XML document to an HTML-based format

When this is the case, this dialog box allows additionally to:

  • Select a CSS stylesheet other the default one.

  • Create a custom CSS stylesheet on the fly.

    A custom CSS stylesheet created this way merely imports the stock CSS stylesheet. Example:

    @charset "UTF-8";
    @import url(__stock_html.css);
    /* ADD YOUR STYLES HERE */

    After such custom CSS stylesheet has been created, the user is expected to add to it a number of styles.

  • Invoke a helper application (generally, a text editor) to modify a user-created CSS stylesheet.



[29] As opposed to XSL-FO based formats (PDF, RTF, .docx, .odt, etc).