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Subject: xsl fo: tables : column width
From: omprakash.v@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 09:39:33 +0530
fo column width
Hi Jerry,

     Auto-table layout is supported by only a few formatters at present. I
have written a formatter that converts a fo file with auto-layout into one
having fixed layout. I will be glad to make available to you a jar file
together with the api to invoke the formatter. Please contact me off-list
if you are interested.

   My formatter takes as input an fo file and inserts the appropriate
number of fo:table-column tags along with the fo:column-width attribute
with their values populated based on the content of the table cell. At
present, it supports text and images in the table cell. The layout is very
fast (though I haven't measured it) as it uses a  sophisticated adaptive
step-size algorithm to do the layouting. The layout step is in addition to
the xslt transformation and the formatting step. Also, the formatter is
written using JDOM and I plan to incorporate the layout program into a
custom built formatter, possibly one that uses SAX, sometime in the near

Let me know if you are interested.

Senior Architect,
Polaris software Lab,
Email: ompravish@xxxxxxxxxxx

Hi Folks,

I'm relatively new to FO transformations so please forgive me, if this is a
newbie question.

I am dynamically generating tables and don't know the number of columns a
given table may contain. I'd like to fix the width of the table and let the
columns size relative to the content within them.  A good example would be
the default behavior of HTML tables.

Currently I am able to output tables of fixed width, but the column widths
are proportional to the table.

Here's an example of what I mean: http://simplewebservices.net/fo_table/.

Any help is appreciated.


Jerry Orabona

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