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Re: Same height rows in table

From: Tony Graham <Tony.Graham@MenteithConsulting.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 14:59:14 +0100
To: www-xsl-fo@w3.org
Message-ID: <87ir6eekel.fsf@zako.menteithconsulting.com>

On Thu, Sep 13 2007 13:19:12 +0100, dave.pawson@gmail.com wrote:
> On 13/09/2007, Tony Graham <Tony.Graham@menteithconsulting.com> wrote:
>> The "height" property [1] does apply to fo:table-cell.  The XSL
>> modifications to the CSS2 definition of "height" includes:
>>    For a discussion of the "height" property in tables see:
>>    http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/tables.html
>> However, the CSS2 table height algorithms section [2] explicitly leaves
>> unspecified the meaning of percentage values of "height" for tables,
>> rows, and cells.  The most relevant unspecification (if there was such a
>> word) is:
>>    CSS2 does not define what percentage values of 'height' refer to when
>>    specified for table cells.
> Perhaps an even better support for breaking the link with CSS specification?
> XSL-FO could then be explicit.

Be careful what you wish for.

Changes to W3C specs that affect conformance [1] don't happen lightly,
and there's public review for any such change, for very good reason.

Whenever something is made more explicit, there's the risk that some
existing implementations are not conformant with the newly explicit

If the next versions of the now non-conformant implementations change to
become conformant, there's possibly some number of users who rely on the
existing behaviour(s) who then have to carefully consider whether to
change their processes or data to be able to upgrade or to stick with
the current implementations and potentially miss out on other


Tony Graham.
(not speaking for the XSL FO SG)
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[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/tr.html#correction-classes
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