This is technical reference documentation for the DocBook XSL Stylesheets; it documents (some of) the parameters, templates, and other elements of the stylesheets.

This reference describes each of the XSL FO Stylesheet parameters. These are the “easily customizable” parts of the stylesheet. If you want to specify an alternate value for one or more of these parameters, you can do so in a “driver” stylesheet.

For example, if you want to change the html.stylesheet to reference.css, you might create a driver stylesheet like this:

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl=""

  <xsl:import href=""/>

  <xsl:param name="html.stylesheet">reference.css</xsl:param>


Naturally, you have to change the href attribute on <xsl:import> to point to docbook.xsl on your system. (Or chunk.xsl, if you're using chunking.)

This is not intended to be “user” documentation. It is provided for developers writing customization layers for the stylesheets, and for anyone who's interested in “how it works”.

Although I am trying to be thorough, this documentation is known to be incomplete. Don't forget to read the source, too :-)