[new XSL] The Index generation

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 13:31:40 PDT 2007

M.Canales.es wrote:
> Hi,
> The generation of the Index is one of the most broken parts using the new 
> DocBook-XSL code. That meant that that higly customized stylesheets need be 
> full reworked.
> Due that it need be reworked in any case, I would take advantage of a new 
> available feature: The possibility to create separate index pages for each 
> index section. That is, an index HTML page for packages, another for 
> programs, another for libraries, and so on.
> To acomplish that (if I can implement it) a few changes will be need on how 
> {indexterm} block are tagged. For example, at a first look and waiting for 
> testing, a current entry like:
>   {indexterm zone="ch-system-bash"}
>     {primary sortas="a-Bash"}Bash{/primary}
>   {/indexterm}
> could be
>   {indexterm zone="ch-system-bash" type="package"}
>     {primary}Bash{/primary}
>   {/indexterm}
> I.e, the "sortas" attribute in {primary} will be replaced by a "type" 
> attribute in {indexterm}.
> Of course, that XML changes can't be made until have the new XSL code ready. 
> Thus the question is, do you want that I start working on that Index pages 
> split or do you want only to fix the current very long longindex.xtml page 
> generation?
> I could try to prepare a very simple POC of that index pages split if you need 
> something to look-at before taking a decission.

A table of contents for each chapter would be useful, but I don't see a
use for partial indexes.  If I don't know where something is, I go to
the full index and search.

Am I missing something?

  -- Bruce

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