Re: [xep-support] If not use tables like in HTML, how to build this kind of layout

From: Alexander Peshkov <>
Date: Tue May 24 2005 - 02:11:43 PDT

Hello Laurent,

Well, for the simple cases when you need all "specs" in a column you
can skip using tables and create the following with simple blocks:
  Voltage: 220 Volt
  Capacity: 1000 mAH
  Time: 3 h

your code will looks like:
  <xsl:for-each select="//parent">
    <fo:block border-bottom="1pt solid black">
      <xsl:value-of select="@description"/>
    <xsl:for-each select="detail">
      <fo:block text-align-last="justify">
        <xsl:value-of select="@description"/>:<fo:leader/><xsl:value-of select="@value"/> <xsl:value-of select="@unit"/>
if you want every spec to be fixed width you can wrap it in a
block-container with explicit width specification.

But if you need something more complicated (e.g. several specs in a
row with their width calculated automatically) then tables is a way to go.

Best regards,
Alexander Peshkov

LFma> Hello,

LFma> It has often been said that it is mostly unnecessary to use tables for layout as has been done in HTML. I can agree with this but I can't find an alternative to build something like this:

LFma> ...
LFma> <object_specs>
LFma> <parent description="Spec1">
LFma> <detail unit="mm" description="Length" value="673"/>
LFma> <detail unit="mm" description="Height" value="467"/>
LFma> <detail unit="mm" description="Width" value="723"/>
LFma> </parent>
LFma> <parent description="Spec2">
LFma> <detail unit="kg" description="Weight" value="343"/>
LFma> <detail unit="kg" description="Gross weight" value="1114"/>
LFma> </parent>
LFma> <parent description="Spec3" >
LFma> <detail unit="Volt" description="Voltage" value="220" />
LFma> <detail unit="mAH" description="Capacity" value="1000" />
LFma> <detail unit="h" description="Time" value="3"/>
LFma> </parent>
LFma> </object_specs>
LFma> ...

LFma> It's part of datasheet with pictures and other text blocks.

LFma> This part should formatted like this

LFma> Spec1 Spec2
LFma> -------------------- --------------------
LFma> Length: 673 mm Weight: 343 kg
LFma> Height: 467 mm Gross weight: 1114 kg
LFma> Width: 723 mm

LFma> Spec3
LFma> --------------------
LFma> Voltage: 220 Volt
LFma> Capacity: 1000 mAH
LFma> Time: 3 h

LFma> I tried doing this with <fo:block> and <fo:inline> but I don't see a way to do is. Is this one of the "rare" cases where a table is necessary to create such a layout? If far as I know,
LFma> <fo:block> is always preceded by a newline making it impossible to simulate a table layout...

LFma> Thanks,
LFma> Laurent Frinking

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