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Subject: Open Office XML Format TC Meeting Minutes 29 September 2003


Doug Alberg <doug.alberg@boeing.com>, Boeing
Michael Brauer <michael.brauer@sun.com>, Sun Microsystems
Patrick Durusau <pdurusau@emory.edu>, Society of Biblical Literature
Gary Edwards <garyedwards@yahoo.com>
David Faure <faure@kde.org>
Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>, Arbortext
Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
Daniel Vogelheim <daniel.vogelheim@sun.com>, Sun Microsystems

Acceptance of Minutes of the September, the 22th meeting
- The attending TC members unanimously accepted the minutes.

Action Items
- (Phil Boutros: create proposal for unifying change tracking in text 
and table documents)
   - in progress
- Daniel Vogelheim, (Paul Langille): proposal for business charts
   - in progress
- Michael Brauer: Proposal/E-Mail voting for automatic writing mode
   - done, see
- Michael Brauer: Proposal/E-Mail voting for underlining/crossing-out.
   - done, see

Discussion of Work Package 5.3 Style Properties
The TC discussed table formatting properties as described in section 
4.18 of the OpenOffice.org XML specification.

The TC clarified the the meaning of the "style:may-break-between-rows" 
attribute: If the attribute's value is false, a table is moved to the 
next page if there is not enough space left on the current page to 
display the whole table.

The TC further clarified that cell styles may contain paragraph and text 
attributes. This means that the <style:style> element for cell styles 
may contain a <style:paragraph-properties> and a <style:text-properties> 
element in addition to the <style:cell-properties> element.

The TC unanimously agreed that the <table:table-cell> elements for empty 
table cells are allowed to be empty, that is, don't have to contain at 
least a <test:p> element as specified in the OpenOffice.org 
specification. The TC further discussed whether empty rows should be 
allowed as well, and what the behavior is if table rows contain a 
different number of cells. Daniel Vogelheim will further clarify this 
and prepare a proposal.

The TC further discussed to enhance the specification by table styles 
that include table cell formatting properties. This could be especially 
useful for borders or background colors. The idea behind this is to 
specify a table style that for instance assigns outer and inner borders 
to a table where the outer and inner borders might be different. Another 
example would be to assign a certain background color to all header 
cell. Because borders and background are cell properties, the enhanced 
table style has to provide the opportunity to assign different 
formatting properties to different table cells. The TC also discussed 
whether an enhanced table style could make use of row and column groups 
and whether XSL-FO and HTML support to specify borders based on row and 
column groups.

David Faure will prepare a proposal for an enhanced table style. Paul 
Grosso will check whether grouping of table rows and columns can be used 
in XSL-FO to specify borders. Michael Brauer will check why the current 
content model of table row and column groups allows nested groups.

New Action Items
- Daniel Vogelheim: Clarification/Proposal regarding different number s 
of cells in table rows.
- David-Faure: Proposal regarding enhanced table styles that support 
cell formatting properties.
- Paul Grosso: Clarify whether XSL-FO supports table border 
specifications based on row and column groups.
- Michael Brauer: Clarify why the OpenOffice.org specification supports 
nested row and column groups.

Michael Brauer

OASIS Open Office XML format TC chair

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