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Re: [Orgmode] Re: Feature request: HTML table formatting

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Re: Feature request: HTML table formatting
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 15:42:01 +0200

On Apr 12, 2007, at 14:21, Matej Cepl wrote:

Carsten Dominik <address@hidden> writes:
I don't like the idea of another character having
special meaning in tables.  We would have to find
a different way to specify this.

To the presentation of tables I would strongly suggest reading
http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/booktabs/ booktabs.pdf
-- whenever I broke rules set there, I regreted it later.

This is also consistent with what the Chicago Manual of Style
has to say about tables:

   13.53 Vertical rules
   Vertical rules should be used only to avoid confusion — for
   example, when a table is doubled up.  Their use between all
   columns has long been abandoned.

I do understand the need to group columns visually, so I would be
interested in a syntax to do this.  But for the implementation in
an export backend, would prefer spanner heads.  Again from the
Chicago Manual:

   13.22 Spanner heads
   When a table demands column heads of two or more
   levels — when related columns require both a collective
   head and individual heads—spanner heads, or spanners
   (sometimes called decked heads), are used. A horizontal
   rule, called a spanner rule, appears between the spanner
   and the column heads to show which columns the spanner
   applies to. For ease of reading, spanner heads should
   seldom exceed two levels.

- Carsten

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