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Subject: Re: Tables, braille and other stuff

At 09:51 28/04/2003 +0200, Yann Dirson wrote:

>My idea is that the very notion of a table is completely

I'd agree. But try telling that to an accountant :-)

>  Thus it should only appear in the stylesheets

>What we really need (IMHO at least) is, like it was progressively done
>until now to get to current Docbook, to identify what we're trying to
>do when we _think_ we need a table.  Of course, that's not an easy
>part, and I don't claim I've solved it.  I've merely tried to think
>about it, and, even then, not much :)

The VI approach is to linearise, then describe.
  <listitem (I'm in cell A5) ... content.
I.e. present as a series of items, each with metadata,
which assists in locating it in the original table.
  That seems reasonable, until we can persuade the world that tables
are visual only :-)

>Some of the uses of tables I can list off the top of my head are:
>- database-like listing

Grouping (hi level)
   Naming (in the hi level grouping)

>- bidimensional (or multidimensional) arrays,
    Why? Because that's how programming langs do it?
    Is that sufficient reason?

   Ask the person next to you to describe the data in the table
you come across.

regards DaveP. 

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