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Subject: RE: [dita] Which CALS Table model should we specify?

After inquiring internally, another data point ...

The table model that we are using in our XML work at Lucent is based on the CALS exchange table model, specifically -//oasis//dtd xml exchange table model 19990315//en

Bruce Esrig

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Antonov [mailto:apg@syntext.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 11:40 AM
To: Paul Grosso
Cc: dita@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: Re: [dita] Which CALS Table model should we specify?

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004, Paul Grosso wrote:

> Interoperability-wise, I suspect one gets a bit more with the Exchange
> table model, but probably only trivially so, as there aren't that many
> non-HTML table editing tools out there anyway these days.  There are
> some details (the "cruft") of the CALS table model that would be
> difficult (but not impossible) to implement in XSLT.
> Unless there is a dire need to footers (and I believe most uses of
> table footers are bogus--like trying to fake getting table footnotes),
> I think the Exchange Table Model is sufficient and avoids some of
> the cruft of the CALS table model.
> However, I wouldn't object if other folks felt a strong need for the
> CALS table model (as long as I don't have to write the XSLT code to
> support spanspecs).

Docbook XSL stylesheets implement something halfway between Exchange
model and full CALS table model (I wonder what is the reason for this).
I think we should stick to the exchange model - simpler is better.

-- Paul

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