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Re: lynx-dev table formatting (possible) solution

From: Philip Webb
Subject: Re: lynx-dev table formatting (possible) solution
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 11:26:10 -0400 (EDT)

990603??  Vlad Harchev wrote: 
>> lynx is designed as a one-pass renderer, while tables require look-ahead.
> May be one of the solutions can be the following:
> lynx should still generate one-pass representation of the table as now
> (with aggregating table data in some internal structures
> in order to use these structures later for pretty drawing),
> but provide a link near each table with text like
>   "pretty view of this table".
> When user references link, the nice table rendering is displayed
> (only the rendering of this table, nothing else).
> IMO this rendered version can be arbitrary wider than screen
> (may be we can use curses' pads for scrolling -
> they are very useful for this) - if so, table can be pretty rendered
> since no width constraint remains.
that's the way to do it: feel encouraged to have a go at programming it.
i download newspaper/magazine articles containing tables frequently
& would welcome something which does basic row/column formatting:
spilling off the screen is rarely a problem with numeric tables.

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