Learning how DITA OT uses the FO plugin to generate PDF documents.
DITA-OT performs PDF transformations differently than other output types. A separate software program, known as XSL formatter, is used
to generate the PDF documents. By default, that engine is the FO Plugin, which also uses an Ant build script to generates several files and
place them in the directory you specify with the dita.temp.dir
property in your script. Several of these files are useful for
debugging PDF-related transformation errors. However, the FO Plugin build script also deletes them by default. You can override this behavior
by setting the value of the clean.temp
ant property in your build script to "no," as shown in the following code snippet.
< property name="clean.temp" value="no"/>
Note: The FO Plugin ant build script is located in the
following directory: DITA-OT1.5.3\demo\fo\build.xml.
The following table describes the auto-generated files relevant to debugging PDF transformation errors.
Contains FO processing information related to your index entries.
Contains FO processing information related to your internationalization files.
Contains all the processing information from the generated files and your content in a format that the FO Plugin can use
to generate your PDF file.
Examine the content of these files to determine the cause of PDF transformation errors.
Note: The Apache FOP formatter does not support the indexlist element for PDF.
You can try using a different PDF renderer or engine by specifying a different value for the
pdf.formatter ant property in the FO plugin build file, or add a topicref element
in your build file with that links to a manually-created index file.