Re: [xep-support] Version 4.7

From: Michael Sulyaev <>
Date: Tue Sep 12 2006 - 08:49:42 PDT

Steve Ylvisaker wrote:
> I installed version 4.7 today. It appears that it does not support
> <fo:retrieve-table-marker/>. Could someone confirm that this is the case?

Hello Steve,

XEP 4.7 does not support table-markers. This is clearly stated in the
Reference and in the message to xep-announce@.

RenderX is now working on a new version of the formatter, which will
support table markers, maybe somewhat different table markers from what
XSL 1.1 WD currently describes.

Table markers are tricky. As soon as you think of an example that is at
least slightly more complex than those proposed by the WD, you
immediately realize that the description of the table markers has
significant drawbacks.

Consider, for example, the situation when the number of columns in a
table has to be changed because of a table-marker retrieved on 100th
page, bringing in more table-cells in a row than the current number of
columns. There are other situation of this kind, lots of them, actually.

The design and description of table markers has suffered several changes
during the evolution of 1.1 spec. It is possible that they may change
again before 1.1 becomes a Recommendation.

We understand the goals and purposes which table markers can be used
for. Nevertheless, in order to implement them properly, we are
collecting use-cases and examples. A wide range of them will be of great
help for us to make a fast, reliable and really useful implementation of
table markers.

Can you describe the task you are working on and the way you will use
table-markers? We would appreciate if you send a sample FO demonstrating
the task and approaches.

It could also happen so that table markers are not actually required in
a particular case. If so, than RenderX engineers or the community of
this list may come up with a solution w/o table-markers.

Best regards,
  Michael Sulyaev,
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