RE: [xsl] XSL-FO positioning inlines and blocks

Subject: RE: [xsl] XSL-FO positioning inlines and blocks
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 11:05:49 -0500
At 04:36 PM 11/13/2006, it was written:
In my somewhat limited experience with FO, I've resorted to tables a few
times. I can justify it to myself by looking at the source of a PDF and
noting that there isn't really any semantic value in there to begin
with, so using a table for layout doesn't make it much worse. It does
make me cringe on a philosophical level though.

Cringing is understandable, but we should learn to get over it.

J.Pietschmann is correct: "table" in FO more or less means "grid" and might better have been named so. (But typesetters have probably been calling them "tables" for longer than keyboards have had "tab" keys.)

"List" in FO more or less means "series of aligned pairs".

The semantic domain of FO doesn't allow for richer senses of "table" and "list". If it did, we'd have to invent something that didn't.


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