> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andreas L. Delmelle [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> I guess the riddle I'm still trying to solve is:
> How do I access the LM's for the subsequent rows at this point?

AFAICT, I have overlooked (at least) the following note in the spec (6.7.1
Table Formatting Objects - Introduction):

- a cell that is spanned may have a different background in each of the grid
units it occupies

Reading this, I'm totally unsure of the solution I have proposed... As it
is, I think it would 'expand' the background props in the first grid unit,
and use them as background for the whole spanned cell. In order to achieve
this effect, it may be necessary to have the body LM add dummy cells to the
following rows.

So the child areas of a spanned cell need to be laid out to fill the full
range the cell spans, while the specified background may only be used on the
first grid unit... Quite a bit harder than I initially thought, but we'll
keep looking.

Another detail overlooked is the column-number property, which would
perfectly fulfill the role of my proposed cspanPrev variable. It is defined
in TableCell, but not according to the default defined in the spec.
(It's set to 0, but should be set to:
<q> the first column to be spanned by the table-cell. The initial value is
the current column-number. For the first table-cell in a table-row, the
current column is 1. For other table-cells, the current column-number is the
column-number of the previous table-cell in the row plus the number of
columns spanned by that previous cell. </q>)

In the meantime, if anyone can provide me with any pointers, be sure to post
(C'mon, ya layout-geeks, where are you? :) )



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