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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] colwidth = ? how to specify for FOP output?

Here is the description of CALS table column widths:


The * means proportional.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

On 7/9/2014 5:59 AM, Robert Nagle wrote:
I'm delivering a doc for a client that has a lot of tables. Output will
be primarily PDF. Although I use XEP with Oxygen to output the PDF, my
client wants to use only open source tools to generate their PDF. (ie.
apache-fop).  The client would also like HTML output -- it's less
critical but nice-to-have.

I'm somewhat new to CALS tables, so I've been learning about how to do
borders and to set column width.

IN the description of colspec,
(http://docbook.org/tdg51/en/html/colspec.html), I see no description of
values for this. But Oxygen's table wizard and Bob's example (
http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/Borders.html ) uses
  colwidth="1.0*" . I have no idea what that means. Can someone explain?
In particular, what does that asterisk mean?

  When  colwidth="1.0*", the default CALS table  appears to be making
every column of equal width, which is not particularly good for me. If I
remove all the colwidth attributes, then the PDF  defaults to everything
having the same width.

  For CALS tables, do I need to specify column width in cm or inches?

  My main reason for going for CALS over HTML tables is that I can't get
HTML tables to put borders anywhere on the PDF output. (Can anyone
confirm this?) On the other hand, if I use CALS tables, what happens to
the HTML output? (Does it just make the width dynamic?)

  Finally, if I assume that colwidth has some auto-size feature
(probably not?), what kind of support can I expect from Apache-FOP?


Robert Nagle
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