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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: Looking for someone to help with skins, stylesheets
Date Thu, 05 Aug 2004 12:03:42 GMT
Charles Palmer wrote:
> team
> I've just started with Forrest, and it looks promising for my task of 
> generating technical manuals for our products to publish as HTML and as 
> PDF. I am happy enough that I can come to terms with generating the 
> content and navigation, but I'm not so happy with the prospect of the 
> learning curve associated with XSLTs for getting professional-looking 
> output, especially for the PDFs.
> Are there experts amongst you who we could pay to create the necessary 
> skin and .xsl files? 

Usually professional skins for Forrest require two skills: designer and 
programmer. I'd be happy to do the programming part, but I don't have 
the graphical skills I'm afraid.

> I'd be happy to contribute it back to the project when it's done.

This is excellent.

> If that doesn't turn up results for me, then are there recommendations 
> for where to look to get up to speed quickly? In particular:
> 1    How to make the best choice between DocBook, SDocbook, Forrest formats?

Go with the forrest format, version 2.0, it's the easiest.

> 2    Modifying document2fo.xsl to modify the PDF output (fonts, section 
> numbering, page breaks etc)

Before the stylesheet you should create a sample .fo file that suits 
your taste. Then changing document2fo should be easy, but it's a second 

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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