[pmwiki-users] PublishPDF version 2.0.7 released
john.rankin at affinity.co.nz
Wed May 31 18:10:13 CDT 2006
On Wednesday, 31 May 2006 3:06 PM, Stirling Westrup <sti at pooq.com> wrote:
>John Rankin wrote:
>> On Wednesday, 31 May 2006 8:56 AM, Stirling Westrup <sti at pooq.com> wrote:
>>> I am wondering if there are any plans to support multi-column .pdf pages
>>> in the future. I currently have a large number of .pdf files that are
>>> formatted in two columns like these two samples:
>>> and I would dearly love to move the source over to pmwiki and use
>>> PublishPDF to generate the .pdf files on demand.
>> There is already some support for 2 column output.
>> For publishing single pages as a two column pdf, add
>> to the page. See
>Thank you! This looks to mostly be what I want. The only worry I now
>have is that it seems to affect entire pages. My banner headings for new
>chapters/sections would need to span the page. I could easily turn each
>section into its own wiki page, if that would make my conversion easier.
>(I presume a single (:2column:) on a wiki page will affect all .pdf
>pages generated from that wiki page.)
Currently, it works as follows...
When you put a (:2column:) directive on a page, the main title
and subtitle span the columns while body copy, including any
headings, is in-column. The entire content of the page is set
in 2 columns. There is no (:1column:) directive to revert to
single column output on a 2 column page.
The template that controls print options could be modified to
make the 2 column setting optional. The reason we didn't do so
is that 2 column output only works well for certain kinds of
pages, so it could cause problems if it's a universal option.
In your case, I suspect you will want to set up a trail page
showing the pages that make up the chapters and sections, with
a (:typeset:) directive to publish the collection. In principle,
this means you would write
and the engine would automagically set chapter headings across
columns and body copy in column.
Currently, this capability is not provided, but could
(I think) be added. I have no feeling for how much effort
would be involved, but will read up on it. It would be a
useful capability to offer, certainly.
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