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Reply to: Default column widths in tablesFebruary 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm
Yeah, that would work, and it's trivial to implement in XSLT. But it brings me back to that we really need this to be the default behavior. Is it possible to customize something so outputclass=”auto_layout” is inserted by default?
I could also make ignoring colwidth be the default behavior, and make it that writers would need to add outputclass=”use_colwidth” or something. But, I think it might be much tougher to customize the table XSL to only pay attention to colwidth if the attribute is set… I'll have to investigate more.
This is why I think such markup needs to be part of the DITA standard. It seems like a pretty basic thing that should be supported in all tools, be it the Open Toolkit, XMetaL, or any other DITA-enabled tool.