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From Jeremias Maerki <...@jeremias-maerki.ch>
Subject Re: more feedback on 0.90alpha
Date Thu, 08 Dec 2005 16:50:54 GMT
Thanks a lot, Craeg. Maybe I should take some time during the weekend
and write down my ideas on auto table layout on the Wiki [1]. Maybe with
such an initial spark someone might finally sit down and take it on. I
can imagine the layout engine might look daunting at first. With a few
notes this might not look so scary anymore.

BTW, you can add and change pages in the Wiki, too. You just have to
register. It's a great tool when users want to help users, i.e. if
someone would write down his tricks on working around the missing auto
table layout. When there's some good and stable content on the Wiki, we
can even take that over into the main FOP website.

[1] wiki.apache.org/xmlgraphics-fop/

On 08.12.2005 17:32:34 Craeg Strong wrote:
> Hello:
> 
> Here is some more feedback from a long time FOP user.
> 
> I am ABSOLUTELY THRILLED by the new release.
> I have used it to create a number of PDF documents from Docbook/XML sources
> and the results are excellent!    Thanks a million for this.
> 
> While I don't agree that lack of automated table layout is a deal breaker,
> I do agree that it is probably the *most* *important* feature yet to be 
> implemented,
> especially for new users.
> 
> Since the auto table layout handling is based on the rules for CSS (and 
> says so in the spec),
> it seems a shame there isn't a reusable library somewhere for this. 
> 
> Since  lack of auto-table layout is a FAQ,  (or FEC frequently expressed 
> complaint?)
> it might be a good idea to post some XSLT workarounds.    For example, 
> you might
> simply divide the available space by the number of columns, or you might 
> somehow
> grab the longest string, multiply times the m-width, and use that, or...
> 
> Obviously it gets very complicated, which is why it isn't implemented 
> yet :-) but I suspect
> several people like myself have written various workarounds in XSLT 
> which could be
> posted on a wiki page or in a FAQ somewhere.  Just a thought...
> 
> Regards,
> 
> --Craeg



Jeremias Maerki


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