I have a question about custom page numbering ("point pages") when
creating a PDF. I'm using XSLT to create XSL-FO from an XML instance. My
XSLT processor is Saxon 9 and my XSL-FO processor is RenderX (4.18).
What I need to do is be able to change the page numbering once it
reaches a certain point. (The page number that is in the footer
Lets say I have a book that has multiple chapters in it. Each one of
these chapters has a chapter number. This chapter number is what the
page numbering is based on.
For example, if the chapter number is 2000, the first page of the
chapter would be 2001.
This is fine up until the 998'th page (the chapter has to end on an even
page). For example, if chapter 2000 had 1,002 pages the page numbering
of the last 6 pages would be:
2997, 2998, 2999, 3000, 3001, 3002
This is incorrect since there might be a chapter 3000.
What I need to do is be able to change the page numbering after the
998'th page. Using my chapter 2000 with 1,002 pages example, the
numbering should be:
2997, 2998, 2998.1, 2998.2, 2998.3, 2998.4.
This is what I'm doing now:
* I'm using <fo:page-number> in my fo:static-content.
* I'm setting the starting page number (chapter number + 1)
using the initial-page-number attribute in the fo:page-sequence element.
If I have to I can manipulate the intermediate file that XEP (RenderX)
creates, but I think it could get messy and I'm not sure how reliable
that would be. Also, updating the Table of Contents would probably end
up being a nightmare. (The intermediate file produced by XEP is the
post-processed XSL-FO; it has the page numbers already generated.)
Does anyone have any suggestions on strategies I can use to accomplish
this? I thought I read somewhere that I could use a maximum-repeats
attribute in the page-sequence-master element (like
maximum-repeats="998") and then use a different master page, but I have
no idea how to do that.
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