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Re: wishes for lout

From: Valeriy E. Ushakov
Subject: Re: wishes for lout
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 16:23:56 +0300

On Thu, Jan 15, 1998 at 09:52:30AM +0100, P.J. Kersten wrote:

> Mentioning whishes, is it possible to include 'table awareness' in lout?
> This should include repeating headers, colored cells and random row and
> column straddling.

Repeating headers are tough in general as object has no way to notice
it was split into components.

Adding colored cells to @Tab (or random cell beckground - to be more
generic) should be possible.

Random spanning columns is tough with @Tab.  Spanning rows is not
supported by @Tab (see recent discussion on the list).

If your Lout code is machine generated you might consider the
possibility to abandon @Tab and use some custom replacement.  Note
well that @Tab is written to provide users with convenient syntax.
Not all things that are possible with Lout can be packaged to use some
nice user friendly syntax, but machine generated Lout code is not
constrained with user friendliness.  At the extreme, you can directly
produce a sequence of concatenation operators.

> Is it possible to make a full-page background for ie. forms without
> using EPS-graphics?

Doesn't @PageBackground option to @DocumentLayout do what you need?

Hope it helps.

SY, Uwe
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