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Derek Read

Reply to: XMetal (12) and html table’s border formatting

In XMetaL (all products: XMetaL Author Enterprise, XMetaL Author Essential, XMAX) borders on tables (CALS and HTML) cannot be styled using CSS.

If you turn off the display of borders for a table (which can be done by setting the @border for the table value to an empty string or “0”) the software still renders dotted lines because without any lines visible it can be very difficult to edit a table.

There are no plans to implement fancier CSS styling for tables. That would likely slow down editing speed. Unlike a browser which only needs to render a table once, an editor like XMetaL Author re-flows the entire table with each edit made to table content and the more things it needs to take into consideration when doing that rendering the longer it will take to complete.