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

Christian Ridderström christian.ridderstrom at gmail.com
Tue Aug 26 03:03:58 CDT 2008

On Tue, 26 Aug 2008, John Rankin wrote:

>> Having written some posts on this subject now, I think I'm leaning towards
>> the following:
>> * Add mechanism to convert between different types of table
>> markup styles.
>> * Aim for a reasonable table editor in the core. It's important that
>>   the editor doesn't destory parts of the table markup that it doesn't
>>   recognice. It'd be ok if it can only work with (:table:) if it's
>>   possible to convert.
>> * Add mechanism to control alignment on a column basis. This is
>>   for ||...||-tables as well. If cells in the table need a different
>>   alignement, this should be done with e.g. %left% in the
>> cell.
> Why not use the existing space convention so a cell can override its
> column setting? Or would it be too easy to override by mistake?

Yes, I find the current mechanism for setting the horizontal alignment a 
bit fragile. To easy to override by mistake. Especially when pasting from 
other sources.

> No rowspan markup then? I'd rather see that first. At least let's agree 
> on the markup so I can implement a local customisation.

Oops, I plain forgot that, sorry. I think rowspan markup would be quite 
useful. I think it's probably wise to discuss the long term future of 
tables before deciding on a rowspan markup.

Maybe it's easier to come up with a rowspan markup for 
(:table:)...(:tableend:)? Then your users could use that type of markup 
when they must have a rowspan?


Christian Ridderström, +46-8-768 39 44            http://www.md.kth.se/~chr

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