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From "Georg Datterl" <georg.datt...@geneon.de>
Subject AW: table cell duplication
Date Wed, 04 Feb 2009 10:32:44 GMT
Hi Vincent, 

Thanks for your idea. Calculating the height of the left column is no problem, I can get the
height of blocks A-D. Block E is tricky. The table height can be calculated, but the text
part may contain lists or flow text. I guess I will have to count line breaks, calculate linelengths
and guess how many breaks hyphenation will generate. Not very reliable, I'm afraid, but it
sounds doable. 

Georg Datterl
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Von: Vincent Hennebert [mailto:vhennebert@gmail.com] 
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 4. Februar 2009 11:04
An: fop-dev@xmlgraphics.apache.org
Betreff: Re: table cell duplication

Hi Georg,

Georg Datterl a écrit :
> Hi Jeremias,
> Yes, I include a picture of my table (created with iText, except for the red stuff).
 The left colum contains numbers (Block A), photos (Block B), drawings (Block C) and finally
another number (Block D). The right column contains headlines, text, tables, various stuff.
As you can see on the second page, last table, Block A aligns with Block E, Block D is on
the bottom line of the table, not necessarily aligned to anything in Block E.

Please have a look at the FO file attached. That's the most accurate approach I could find.
That requires a bit of pre-processing, and knowing the heights of the images, but since your
content seems to be even you might be happy with it. Plus it's implementable straight away,
without any modification to FOP.

I can think of two FO constructs to make content repeat on pages:
markers or table headers/footers. Markers are not really an option here (even supposing that
table markers are implemented), since the repeated content should be mixed with the table
body, and have an influence on its height.
Remains table header. The idea is to put the drawing in a header and fill the body with blank
content such that the height of the table matches the height of content E. In the sample FO
I used blocks containing non-breaking spaces. The whole challenge is to determine how many
such blocks should be put. In your case you seem to always have the same content: 2 title
lines, a few list items, then tables with a certain amount of entries. If the title content
and list items are short enough to never be broken over lines, then you can easily estimate
the height of content E, substract the heights of A, B and C, which gives you the amount of
blank blocks to put.
However, I can't think of any way to extend the borders to the final horizontal line.
Block D is relatively easy to achieve: just put a block with negative margin after the whole

> The text "PE universeel fittingen" is in the header area and can be ignored.
> Maybe my table structure is not that smart, but it seemed the easiest way to keep block
D on the bottom. More or less... If you know a way to elongate the table columns down to the
table baseline regardless of empty rows, that would be most welcome, too.
> Regards,
> Georg Datterl


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