What Is "inline" Formatting Object?

This section describes 'inline' formatting object, which generates an inline area on the target device with its content.

What Is an "inline" Formatting Object? "inline" is the most commonly used inline-level formatting object that generates an inline area on the target device.

An "inline" formatting object usually represents a portion of text with the following main attributes:

"inline" formatting objects are used as part of content of a "block" formatting object to form a stack of in inline areas to generate a paragraph. Here is my tutorial example, inline-Formatting-Objects.fo, that generates 4 block areas on page showing the margin collapse behavior:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- inline-Formatting-Objects.fo
 - Copyright (c) 2016, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
-->
<fo:root xmlns:fo="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Format">
 <fo:layout-master-set>
  <fo:simple-page-master master-name="page" 
   margin="0.1in" page-height="4in" page-width="3in">
   <fo:region-body region-name="body" background-color="#eeeeee"/>
  </fo:simple-page-master>
 </fo:layout-master-set>
 <fo:page-sequence master-reference="page">
  <fo:flow flow-name="body">
   <fo:block margin="0.1in" padding="0.2in"
    border-width="1px" border-style="solid"
    background-color="#eeffff" color="#000000" 
    text-align="justify" font-family="sans-serif">
    Once upon a time there were 
    <fo:inline font-weight="bold" background-color="#ffeeee"
    padding-bottom="1px" border-bottom-width="1px" 
    border-bottom-style="solid">three little pigs</fo:inline>
    who lived with their Mother.
    Early one morning they woke up and their mother said, 
    "<fo:inline font-style="italic" color="#ff22ff">you're too big 
    for this house and its time you left home.</fo:inline>"
   </fo:block>
  </fo:flow>
 </fo:page-sequence>
</fo:root>

If you process this example XSL-FO document with Apache FOP tool on the AWT window, you should see a page displaying 1 block areas with two inline areas generated from two "inline" formatting objects:

"inline" Formatting Objects Examples

Last update: 2016.

Table of Contents

 About This XSL-FO Tutorial Book

 Introduction of XSL-FO

 Apache™ FOP (Formatting Objects Processor)

 RenderX XEP as an XSL-FO Tool

 Introduction of Area Model

 XSL-FO Document Basics and Examples

 Page Layout Masters

 Block-Level Formatting Objects

Inline-Level Formatting Objects

 What Are Inline-Level Formatting Objects?

What Is "inline" Formatting Object?

 "inline" Splitting for Line Break

 What Is "line-height" Attribute?

 What Is "baseline-shift" Attribute?

 "inline" with Mixed Content

 FOP Failed on "block" inside "inline"

 What Is "inline-container" Formatting Object?

 What Is "charecter" Formatting Object?

 What Is "leader" Formatting Object?

 What Are "page-number*" Formatting Objects?

 Including Graphics in XSL-FO document

 Table of Rows and Columns

 List, Item, Label, and Body

 Floating Blocks - "float" and "footnote"

 Hyperlinks, Table of Contents and Indexes

 Headers and Footers using "static-content"

 Font Attributes and Font Families

 Apache FOP Font Configurations

 RenderX XEP Font Configurations

 References

 PDF Printing Version