[pmwiki-users] proposed markup for rowspan in simple tables

Simon nzskiwi at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 01:11:22 CDT 2008

Looking in another direction, and this is what I favour, we use
backslashes to join lines and force new lines.
(see http://pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/TextFormattingRules#Paragraphs)
(it is unfortunate we use the same character for both, but lets go for
it as an idea)

||span with next row \||

||span with next two rows \\||

||span with next three rows \\\||

This does have a similar flavour with

||span with next column ||||
||span with next two columns ||||||



or perhaps we could use a forward slash if it is not too confusing

2008/8/25 John Rankin <john.rankin at affinity.co.nz>:
> On Monday, 25 August 2008 8:23 AM, john.rankin at affinity.co.nz wrote:
>>> There's a small cognitive conflict in that the '==' markup sequence
>>> is used to mean "heading" in many wiki markups, including Creole.
>>> This includes table headings (where PmWiki currently uses ||!heading).
>>> So, I'd prefer a different markup.
>>The other option I considered is the underscore:
>>||cell text ||___spanning text ||
>>||aaa ||bbb ||
>>One advantage of the underscore is that on my keyboard, both the
>>| and _ characters require a shift, so it's easy to type.
> On the other hand, how many underscore characters is this:
> ||_____rowspanning text||
> A + seems a bit arbitrary and it means bigger in a different
> context. The * and # denote list markup.
> The ~ is taken for signatures.
> But if we eliminate = because it means heading in Creole and
> others, eliminate _ because they are hard to count visually,
> and reject _n_ as inconsistent with the normal "repeat n times"
> convention, I think it leaves the "least worst" as:
> ||++++text spanning 4 rows||
> Any other suggestions?
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> JR
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