I think this will probably work fine.  Thanks for the
ideas.

--- Joerg Pietschmann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
wrote:
> Lauren Commons <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > I am producing pdfs that will have a bullet list
> that
> > I want to display in two columns, like newspaper
> > columns.  I won't know in advance how many items
> will
> > be in the list.
> 
> I suppose you have
> ...
>   <li>Item1</li>
>   <li>Item2</li>
>   <li>Item3</li>
> ...
> and want to display
>   o Item1         o Item3
>   o Item2
> or perhaps
>   o Item1         o Item2
>   o Item3
> (note the difference)
> 
> This is not easy to achieve. A first shot would be
> to use
> a two column table distribute the list items equally
> between
> the columns. You have also to decide whether you
> want to use
> one row in the table or a row for every pair of
> items.
> A sample XSLT snippet (untested):
>   <fo:table table-layout="fixed">
>     <fo:table-column
> column-width="proportional-column-width()"/>
>     <fo:table-column
> column-width="proportional-column-width()"/>
>     <fo:table-body>
>       <fo:table-row>
>         <xsl:for-each select="li[position() div
> 2=0]">
>           <fo:table-cell>
>             <xsl:apply-templates>
>           </fo:table-cell>
>           <fo:table-cell>
>             <xsl:apply-templates
> select="following-sibling:li">
>           </fo:table-cell>
>         </xsl:for-each>
>       </fo:table-row>
>     </fo:table-body>
>   </fo:table>
> This will generate the secont variant, with one row.
> If you want
> multiple rows, move the <fo:table-row> into the
> xsl:for-each
> The first variant is a bit harder to get.
> 
> Whether the table solution matches your expectations
> is up to
> you. Having two columns with items flowing from the
> first
> to the second column to fill a minimal area seems to
> be much
> harder unless you want to have the whole page in two
> columns.
> 
> Ask on the XSL list for more ideas.
> 
> J.Pietschmann


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