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PD4ML: Conditional PDF page breaks. Widows and Orphans

PD4ML introduces a proprietary page break tag: <pd4ml:page.break> (and its synonym <pd4ml-page-break> for strict contexts).

Without parameters it just forces a pagebreak. But its ifSpaceBelowLessThan attribute allows us to keep some content portions on the same page.

Let's say we have an image and a caption, belongs to it:

Chart #4.2<br>
<img src="images/chart42.png" width="400" height="300">
If we want to be 100% sure the caption and the image are on the same page,  we could put a page break tag before the caption definition. But that can result an inefficient previous page space usage or can even result a blank page.

If we place a conditional page break tag:

<pd4ml:page.break ifSpaceBelowLessThan="330">
Chart #4.2<br>
<img src="images/chart42.png" width="400" height="300">
it will break only if the remaining space on the current page is less than 330px (and the image 300px high and the caption - let's say 30px - do not fit the space).

 

Another option to achieve similar functionality is to use CSS page break control:

<table style="page-break-inside: avoid">
<tr><td>
Chart #4.2<br>
<img src="images/chart42.png" width="400" height="300">
</td></tr>
</table>
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