[pmwiki-users] nesting divs and tables

Dominique Faure dominique.faure at gmail.com
Sat Aug 5 13:12:54 CDT 2006

On 8/5/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 05, 2006 at 08:53:13AM -0400, Pico wrote:
> > Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> > >I'm experimenting with a feature on pmwiki.org to allow nesting
> > >(:table:) within (:div:), (:div:) within (:table:), and divs
> > >within divs.  (Nesting of table directives still isn't supported.)
> > >
> > >See http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Test/NestTableAndDiv for some samples.
> > >
> Consecutive divs aren't really an issue, as that continues to work as it did
> before -- i.e., starting a new div with >>xyz<< or (:div:) automatically
> closes the previous one.
> Currently the way to get a nested div is to add digits after the "div" to
> distinguish it from others div, as in (:div1:), (:div2:), (:div3:), etc.
> Thus:
>     >>id=xyz<<
>     Here's a div
>     (:div1:)
>     A div nested within the 'xyz' div.
>     (:div1:)
>     A second div nested within 'xyz', auto-closing the previous "div1"
>     (:div1end:)
>     Back in the 'xyz' div.
>     >><<
> The digits don't have any significance outside of distinguishing
> divs -- i.e., a "div1" can nest inside of a "div2" and vice-versa.
> I'm thinking of extending this so that letters can also be used to
> identify the new nesting level -- i.e., (:divz:), (:divxyz:), etc.,
> each of which would have corresponding (:divzend:), (:divxyzend:), etc.
> tags.  The downside is that it might conflict with any other use of "div"
> as the first letters of a directive name.

I would suggest to add some separators, which could both improve the
readability and lower the risks of conflicting names. For example:

  (:div[abc xyz]:)
  (:div[abc xyz]end:)

This could even be used to provide some structural guidelines to the
page content.


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