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From Harbs <gavha...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: TLF Tables
Date Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:20:52 GMT
I'm back on this, and starting to make some (slow) progress.

I've started a Google Docs document to try to make some order out of the chaos that is the
current state of TLF Tables. This is just a place where I'm jotting down my findings as I
go and my thoughts on direction as I work on this. I made the document publicly editable and
would love input. If there's anyone out there that has answers to the questions I'm posing,
it would be very helpful!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sT0IAiMfIOBVgmo8wwF6ZZviuNFcW2bUfQoj0zDmSog/edit?usp=sharing

Harbs

On Sep 10, 2013, at 11:22 PM, Harbs wrote:

> My first tests are not very encouraging…
> 
> Trying to compose the table results in this function returning null:
> 		static tlf_internal function beginFactoryCompose():SimpleCompose
> 		{
> 			var rslt:SimpleCompose = _factoryComposer;
> 			_factoryComposer = peekFactoryCompose();
> 			_savedFactoryComposer = null;
> 			return rslt;
> 		}
> 
> Looks like I need to the composition process...
> FWIW, it made no difference whether I added the rows to a TableBodyElement or to the
table directly.
> 
> On Sep 10, 2013, at 7:17 PM, Alex Harui wrote:
> 
>> Hi Harbs,
>> 
>> I see code for Tables, but I'm not sure it is "officially" there.  Or even
>> complete, or even working at a prototype-level.
>> 
>> So good luck with it.  I might be able to ask folks who used to work on it
>> a few questions, but I'm pretty sure their memories of it are pretty dim
>> by now.
>> 
>> -Alex
>> 
>> On 9/10/13 6:16 AM, "Harbs" <harbs.lists@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> I knew I was going to spend some real time on this one day, and that time
>>> is coming really soonŠ
>>> 
>>> Before I dig in too deeply, what's the status on TLF Table support? I
>>> know it's officially there, but I don't see any documentation on it --
>>> not even the basics on how it's supposed to be used.
>>> 
>>> I fully expect to find bugs once I start really digging into it, but some
>>> documentation (any) would be nice to get me started.
>>> 
>>> Looking at the source code, I see the following classes:
>>> 
>>> TableElement
>>> TableBodyElement
>>> TableColElement
>>> TableRowElement
>>> TableColGroupElement
>>> TableDataCellElement
>>> TableFormattedElement
>>> 
>>> I understand the structure like this:
>>> 
>>> * A TableElement is the top level element for any table
>>> * All elements in a table inherit from TableFormattedElement
>>> * The bottom level of a table which needs to contain one or more
>>> ParagraphElements in a TableDataCellElement
>>> * TableDataCellElements must reside within a TableRowElement
>>> 
>>> After this things get a bit fuzzier.
>>> 
>>> What is TableBodyElement used for?
>>> How is TableColGroupElement and TableColElement used? (I assume they are
>>> used for formatting table columns, but the details are not very clear to
>>> me.)
>>> What about header and footer rows? Is that supported yet?
>>> Header and footer columns?
>>> Is breaking tables across containers supported yet?
>>> 
>>> I have not started studying how to specify table formatting either. I'm
>>> hoping that's obviousŠ
>>> 
>>> I'll try to add some documentation to the source code as things become
>>> clearer to meŠ
>>> 
>>> Harbs
>> 
> 


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