Re: [xsl] XSL wish list - page column gap/separator line

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSL wish list - page column gap/separator line
From: Tony Graham <Tony.Graham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 22:56:11 +0000
On Thu, Feb 11 2010 21:51:02 +0000, john.cavalieri@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> I don't know if there is a current wish list for enhancements to the
> XSL-FO spec --- if there is can we add semantics for a page column

The XSL 2.0 requirements document is at

Unfortunately, the survey to which it refers closed after six months,
but you can still provide comments and feedback using the W3C public
Bugzilla [1].

> gap/separator line?  Maybe it could be similar to border and have
> -style, -width, and -color.  Also maybe it could include .length?

The requirements include some specific to columns [2], though it doesn't
specifically mention the column separator.

The XSL FO Subgroup is erring on the side of "publish early, publish
often", but there is not yet anything about columns in the current
Working Draft at (which I announced to
this list today).  I won't speculate on whether columns will make it
into the next WD or when that will be.

In the interim, you are welcome to make a Bugzilla entry about columns
and column separators: every chance it gets, the XSL FO Subgroup asks
for public feedback on the requirements and the WD.

> There are a couple work arounds like using a background image and also
> this method described on the XEP support list:

A XSL 1.1 workaround/hack might be to use change bars, though you might
end up with an unwanted bar in one of the page margins.

> What is the proper way to request an enhancement to the spec?

W3C Bugzilla [1].


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