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[REBOL] Re: make-doc-pro: how to handle tables?

From: greggirwin:starband at: 21-Sep-2001 11:08

Robert, Joel, et al << ~|first cell|second cell| ... |last cell| ~!cell first!cell second! ... !cell last! ~:primo cell:secundo cell: ... :ultama cell: ~$unum$ duo$ ... whatever$
...The combination of the two rules above meant that a line that began with a tilde, along with all subsequent non-empty and non-tilde-beginning lines, together made up a single row. This allowed the author the option of entering the cells in a row vertically instead of horizontally, a convenience in some cases. >> I've done simliar things myself (not quite as cool...<g>) but, to me, the make-doc format should be as simple as possible to write, even at the expense of flexibility. What if you started off with a familiar idiom, as used for notes (bear in mind that I've only glanced at the make-doc format so I'll undoubtedly post some bad suggestions here). E.g. \table <<table data goes here>> /table Now, what else do we need for a table, besides data? A heading: \table "Table 1" <<table data goes here>> /table What if you have a table that makes more sense to enter as columns, rather than rows? How about a /pivot refinement. Are there any other refinement type things used in make-doc? Not sure how usefult this would be, but it's along the lines of "how would we extend the syntax?" Other example extensions would be things like column widths and cell alignments. Maybe a table gets a header block with extra data. \table "Table 1" /pivot <<table data goes here>> /table Data: I'm very fond of whitespace, and I like it when things line up. When using a delimiter, such as a pipe, it sometimes isn't clear if whitespace is significant, or if the delimiter is the only thing that matters. I.e. can you pad your cell data with spaces so they line up nicely or will those extra spaces go into the table? Can we do it with a minimal syntax of tab separated values? If tabs aren't used, can a minimum number of spaces be substituted in their place? For example, cell data is only allowed to have a single space between words, any more than that and the next bit of data is considered to be in the next cell. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 Item 4 Item 5 Item 6 Item 7 Item 8 Item 9 How would you insert a newline in a cell? Just some thoughts, FWIW. Thanks for your work on make-doc Robert! Ultimately, wouldn't it be great to write a human friendly RebTeX dialect? PDFMaker might be a good start on something like that. --Gregg