how to build pdf of concepts guide with images?

Tim Olsen tolsen718 at
Tue Aug 9 22:55:29 EDT 2005

On 8/9/05, Neil Williams <linux at> wrote:
> I suspect actually that I've already said that - was it you looking for a
> different paper size?

that's me :-)

> > | As explained in the README under gnucash-docs, "xmlto pdf
> > | gnucash-guide.xml" does not work, and using docbook-utils does not
> > | include the images.
> > |
> > | I tried going to FO ("xmlto fo gnucash-guide.xml") and then using fop,
> > | but fop bails on me.  Attached is the output from fop.  I am using
> > | Sun's java version 1.4.2_07-b05
> Sorry, try filing a bug with fo or fop, I have no experience of it's use. I
> put the comment in the README only as a hint.

ok, will do.

> > |
> > | Anybody know a way to build a pdf of the concepts guide with images?
> To build your own that has different paper size or whatever else you may need,
> I'm afraid you'd be better off with the single page HTML version and start
> from there. PDF is actually quite a restrictive format and the conversion
> tools simply don't seem to be able to fold the images in via a script.
> The solution is probably much simpler - obtain the display you want using some
> other format and then either print to PDF or save as PDF.
> I never did understand why people love PDF so much, HTML is far more portable
> and far easier to convert between local printing preferences / display
> formats. I always find the text display of a PDF to be sub-optimal as it's
> little more than an image of a font rather than a genuine text output (as it
> would be in HTML).

I want to print out the manual.  In general, I find PDF to look better
than HTML printed out.


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