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Subject: Re: [dita] scope attribute on <entry> from proposal 62

Hi Robert,

The inclusion of the scope attribute implies that the entry is a header for the given scope. So, an entry with scope=“row” would be considered the header for the row it is contained within. An entry with scope=“col” would be considered the header for the column that contains that header entry. 

The rowgroup and colgroup would apply for a span of rows or columns as appropriate.

The scope attribute will likely not be used by itself in a complex table (it would be fine for a simple table), but would also anticipate that the headers attribute be applied to clearly indicate the header id that covers individual entries.

Hope this helps.

Thanks and best regards,

Scott Hudson   |   PELCO  by Schneider Electric   |   United States  |   Standards Lead 
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On Dec 17, 2013, at 1:03 PM, Robert D Anderson <robander@us.ibm.com> wrote:

I'm working on fixing attribute tables and encountered this new definition for @scope on <entry>:

The scope attribute can contain one of "row" or "col" or "rowgroup" or "colgroup".
scope="row"Applies to the row.
scope="col"Applies to the column.
scope="rowgroup"Applies to the row group.
scope="colgroup"Applies to the column group.

Scott (or somebody else) - can you clarify what this means? From this I really only know what values are legal, but I don't know what it means.

Does the use of this attribute imply that the entry is a header, or is this attribute only valid when the entry is already identifiable as a header?

Also, can you clarify what a "row group" or "column group" are? My best guess is that a row group would be all rows covered by the current entry, if the entry spans rows - but I need to confirm that before it goes into the specification.


Robert D Anderson
IBM Authoring Tools Development
Chief Architect, DITA Open Toolkit (http://dita-ot.sourceforge.net/)

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