Attribute bundles

In this example several attributes are combined in order to assign them together to an element and to repeatedly re-use them.

With the <xsl:attribute-set> element attributes are bundled which are called up later. The use of the element has various advantages. On the one hand they can provide a better overview when set at the beginning of a stylesheet. On the other hand characteristics can be centrally edited.

Source code

<xsl:attribute-set name="Headline-Title1">              ❶
   <xsl:attribute name="font-family">Arial Unicode MS</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="font-size">18pt</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="font-weight">bold</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="space-after">99pt</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="space-before.conditionality">discard</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="keep-with-next">always</xsl:attribute>

❶ The <xsl:attribute-set> element is used in order to assign several attributes together: At first, a name is assigned to the <attribute-set> element with the name attribute followed by the attributes contained in the element and their values. The first attribute set shows an example for a possible formatting of a headline.

<xsl:attribute-set name="">                ❶
   <xsl:attribute name="table-layout">fixed</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="start-indent">2mm</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="end-indent">2mm</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="space-before">10pt</xsl:attribute> 
   <xsl:attribute name="space-after">10pt</xsl:attribute>
   <xsl:attribute name="keep-with-next.within-page">always</xsl:attribute>

❶ The second attribute set demonstrates combined characteristics of a table.

<fo:block xsl:use-attribute-sets="Headline-Title1"            ❶
 axf:outline-level="2" axf:outline-expand="false" keep-with-next="always">
   <fo:table width="110mm">
      <fo:table-column column-number="1" column-width="15mm"/> 

❶ The use-attribute-sets attribute is used in order to access the attributes collected in the <attribute-set> element. The value of this element has to match with the value of the name attribute of one of the <attribute-set> elements.

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