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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Center tables in XEP print output

The problem with that workaround is that if there is no width information in 
the table, then there are too many variables for the automatic table layout. 
Without any width information in your table markup, all columns in the 
wrapper table are considered proportional and set to the same width.  That 
squashes the middle column containing your table.  If you add fixed column 
widths or a <?dbfo table-width="4in"?> (or such) processing instruction to 
your table, then it will claim its space in the wrapper table layout and 
leave the rest to the outer empty columns to center it.  Without such width 
information, the workaround is not sufficient.

It would be better if XEP supported the text-align="center" property on 
fo:table-and-caption, but it still does not.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mathias Schindler" <m.schindler@matrixware.com>
To: "DocBook Apps" <docbook-apps@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:26 AM
Subject: [docbook-apps] Center tables in XEP print output

Hi all,

I'm desperately trying to center my tables using Saxon and XEP

I tried to use the workaround available on
http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/TableAlignment.html to get the
expected result but it didn't work correctly.
It centers my tables but it compresses them horizontally and makes them
too narrow.

Then I tried to set the attribute 'wrap-option' to 'no-wrap' which
resulted in good looking small tables but too wide big tables.

I have made 2 screenshots - one where you can see the narrow tables, and
one with the wide ones.

Just take a look at them here:

Any ideas?

Thank you in advance!

Greetings from Vienna,


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