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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: SURPRISE!! CalsTbl model --> OASIS Open Exchangemodel migration, now what do I do?

/ Jeffrey Franks <jfranks@quik.com> was heard to say:
| These kind of surprises are not welcome.

The 50issues.txt file, published on 19 June 2000 warns of this future

| If Xsl stylsheets are not going to support the CALS table model, a clue
| is
| in order. I've now noticed that the on-line alpha-version DocBook
| exhibits
| the same table behavior with column spans that I've been struggling
| with.

Yes. I'll probably support spanspec in the XSL stylesheets "real soon
now" (I'm struggling with more significant table formatting problems
at the moment).

| Maybe there ought to be a clue in the <table> element description
| regarding

The fact that the XSL stylesheet doesn't support the table model used
in DocBook 4.1 can clearly be classified as a bug in the stylesheets.

| table migration. The Xsl style sheet is now out-of-sync with the CALS
| model
| by intent, and no one told me before now.

I don't recall that you asked. This issue has come up on the list
before, you might want to scan through the archives and see what has
been discussed.

| Please direct me in the shortest series of steps to an appropriate
| solution.

Replace <spanspec namest="x" nameend="y" name="foo"/> and
<entry spanname="foo"> with <entry namest="x" nameend="y">.

| I have a requirement to produce a document that is table intensive. I'm
| on
| page 380 of 928 and find that <table> is not going to render in Xml/Xsl
| environment because I used CALS model. This is the first time I've heard
| about OASIS Open Exchange table model.

The XML Exchange Table Model (OASIS TM 9901:1999) was published on 29
Sep 1999. It is an XML formulation of the Exchange Table Model (OASIS
TR9503:1995) which was motivated by the "TABLE INTEROPERABILITY:
Issues for the CALS Table Model" OASIS technical research paper 9501:1995.

I'm not online so I can't give pointers, but all those documents
should be available on the OASIS website.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>      | There is no excellent beauty that
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | hat not some strangeness in the
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | proportion.--Sir Francis Bacon

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