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[Orgmode] Re: Feature request: HTML table formatting

From: Scott Otterson
Subject: [Orgmode] Re: Feature request: HTML table formatting
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 18:51:06 -0700
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I'll agree with Daniel that sometimes, it's useful to have vertical table separators. Here's how I kind-of do it:

| asdlfj |   | alsjfdas |
| alsdjf |   | aqsljf   |
| asdljf |   | asldjf   |

This is visible enough inside of org-mode and it yields a widish gap in exported html -- it's a horizontal screen space waster, though. I suppose one way to denote a vertical separator without adding an extra symbol would be to allow tables in org-mode that look like this:

| asdlfj || alsjfdas |
| alsdjf || aqsljf   |
| asdljf || asldjf   |

The exporter could then detect '||' and convert it to a vertical html line.

Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 06:23:16 +0200
From: Carsten Dominik <address@hidden>

On Apr 12, 2007, at 20:48, Daniel J. Sinder wrote:
> I think rejecting vertical rules as a matter of style is a mistake.
>  Whether you consider org-mode tables to be a markup or a
> spreadsheet, it's peers -- HTML, LaTeX, Gnumeric, Excel, etc. --
> will all produce tables with vertical rules if asked to do so.  I'm
> wary of tools that enforce style.  I'd prefer to read the style
> guide and then decide for myself (that is, use it as a *guide* not
> an edict).

Fair enough.
> However, if vertical rules are too clunky, difficult,
> time-consuming, or low priority to implement, that's an entirely
> different matter that I can fully understand.

As I said, I don't want to have a special separator for this,
implementation would be very cumbersome and I'd like
to be able to have ! as a character in a table field.
Maybe something like a special #+FORMAT line above the table
to set special formatting directives.

- Carsten

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