[pmwiki-users] Tabular thought -- simplify conversion between markup styles of tables
christian.ridderstrom at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 16:54:58 CDT 2008
I just had a separate thought, and to keep things simpler I decided to
post it separately. First the core assumption:
Different types of tables prefer different markup styles.
Then the idea:
Make it easier to switch between markup styles.
Going back to the beginning. We have quite a few different use cases for
tables or types of markup.
* I: Very simple table. Today I might do it like this:
Column A Column B
** Subcategory A: I'm pasting the table from some other source,
and I don't care if a ROE pattern or similar later turns this
into some other kind of markup.
** Subcategory B: I really want to keep the tabular markup like
this in the wiki markup, to make it really easy to edit.
* II: Normal table. Today I'd do it like this:
||!Column A ||!Column B ||
||bla ||bla ||
We have intermediate control, but some more visual clutter in
* III: Advanced table markup, i.e.
When you need to control details, or put larger portions of text
inside a table cell.
* IV: Using a spreadsheet software to generate a HTML with the table
and then use (:includurl ... :) to embed this in a wiki page.
This is something I started using today and I find it rather
convenient actually. I can recommend it, but I'd prefer better
support in the spreadsheet software for exporting to HTML.
(:includeurl doc:myspreadsheet.html :)
Ideally, the embedded <object> should be preceeded with a link
to the spreadsheet itself so that you can edit it easily.
Finally, if you upload an updated spreadsheet, it should
automatically be converted to HTML. [*]
For some of the tables above (I-III), it should be possible to automate
conversion between the markup styles. Note that the conversion will not be
perfect, as style I can't support all that III allows and so forth, but I
still think it would be very useful.
[*] I'll post more thoughts on a general version of this separately.
Christian Ridderström, +46-8-768 39 44 http://www.md.kth.se/~chr
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