Our Publishing organization expects to be able to float certain block objects (e.g., tables, figures, exhibits) to a following page if they do not fit on the current page.
We've been able to implement this in Styler, using FOSI source edits. We'd like to move to using APP as our formatting engine and get away from the antiquated FOSI process (I was a member of the committee that created FOSI, nearly 20 years ago), but we've been told that floats aren't supported with the Styler/APP combination.
So we'd like to encourage development of support for floats in APP under Styler control.
APP has its own floating object system called "anchors". This is a powerful tool which enables users to create a set of conditions for placing an APP frame based on its position and the dynamics of the current and subsequent page(s). However, the anchor system requires floating items to be created before formatting and the conditions are pretty difficult to write.
If we were to provide this through Styler, then you'd get a simple set of conditions.
Of course you can use APP templates (in PE or 'standalone' APP) to do this.
I'd be interested to hear about the use cases for this and the popularity of this request.
We recently developed a custom docbook xmaths plug-in for Arbortext Styler/PE for an Academic Publisher that enabled multi column APP anchored floats features from a Styler generated Stylesheet.
For more information and contact details please see Arbortext Custom Extensions | Dynamic Publishing
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