I suspect russians would find this book incredibly offensive. On the other hand, I just find it implausible. I managed to suspend disbelief, but it was not easy!
This is in many ways an awesome book. It is not a book I can like, but I can look at it and say, that is one heck of an idea, and the author sure does work it!
Since the last release, there have been many changes, improvements and fixes in rst2pdf.
At the bottom of this post you will find (maybe incomplete) list, but I wanted to share a couple of relatively large advances.
I have wanted to make rst2pdf useful for presentations for quite a while. And now it's getting close.
I am writing a small tutorial about it, but you can see a demo already.
The changes that make this possible are:
Fixed bugs regarding page layout
Added support for page backgrounds (including SVG!)
This was in large part because of César Rodas, who wanted something simple and text-based to do his ZendCon presentation, so he asked me about it, and I was ashamed to give him a broken tool.
See how that works? I am driven by embarrassment. That's embarrasing.
Major stylesheet improvements
The related changes are way too many (see below), but it also happened for a reason: I wanted to make prettier documents.
So, since most people seems to like Sphinx's style, I wanted to look similar.
Did I achieve it? Yes and no, take a look:
But it's just a draft, I didn't look at fonts, or weight of the headings, or even at what pygments color scheme sphinx is using.
But anyway, even this rough stylesheet made me find a dozen bugs or problems in rst2pdf.
So, the main lesson here is, please tell me what you can and can't do with rst2pdf, because there are whole areas I am not even looking at, day-to-day.
The final thing is... the next release is going to be awesome. But then again, I always say that, don't I?
Changes as of today:
Workaround for issue 103 so you can use borderPadding as a list (but it will look wrong if you are using wordaxe <= 0.3.2)
Added fieldvalue style for field lists
Added optionlist tstyle, for option lists
Added collection of utility stylesheets and documented it
Improved command line parsing and stylesheet loading (guess extension like latest rst2latex does)
Fixed Issue 67: completely new list layouting code
Fixed Issue 116: crashes caused by huge images
Better support for %width in images, n2ow it's % of the container frame's width, not of the text area.
Fixed bug in SVG scaling
Better handling of missing images
Added missing styles abstract, contents, dedication to the default stylesheet
Tables style support spaceBefore and spaceAfter
New topic-title style for topic titles (obvious ;-)
Vertical alignment for inline images (:align: parameter)
Issue 118: Support for :scale: in images and handle resizing of inline images
Issue 119: Fix placement of headers and footers
New background property for page templates (nice for presentations, for example)
Default to px for image width specifications instead of pt
Support all required measurement units ("em" "ex" "px" "in" "cm" "mm" "pt" "pc" "%" "")
New automated scripts to check test cases for "visual differences"
Respect images DPI property a bit like rst2latex does.
Issue 110: New --inline-footnotes option
Tested with reportlab from SVN trunk
Support for Dinu Gherman's svglib. If both svglib and uniconvertor are available, svglib is preferred (for SVG, of course). Patch originally by rute.
Issue 109: Separate styles for each kind of admonition
For Issue 109: missing styles are not a fatal error
Issue 117: TOCs with more than 6 levels now supported (raised limit to 9, which is silly deep)