It looks like row spanning is not that difficult. What needs to be done is to extend the meaning of "totalHeight" in Luca's algorithm for the combined list. totalHeight will not only be the total height of a single row, but of a row group. A row group in this context is the minimum number of consecutive rows which contains all spanned grid units of its cells. An example:

+----------+-------+----------+ | | | | +----------+-------+----------+ | | | | | | | +-------+----------+ | | | | | +-------+ | | | | | +----------+-------+ | | | | | +----------+-------+----------+ Here we'd have two such row groups, the first is equivalent to the first row, the second contains rows 2 to 5. Note that we can't just sum up the heights of the individual cells in the row group per column. We have to add the space used by the cell borders (and optional cell spacing in separate mode), too, because they are also elements that create steps in the algorithm. Handling stretch and shrink is still somewhat beyond me. ----- A little goodie for those who want to see how the easiest case in Luca's algorithm turns out: Simplest example: Table with one cell (three one-line blocks) height = (3,3,3) totalHeight = 3 Step1: stepw = 1; maxRemHeight = 2 penaltyHeight = 1 + 2 - 3 = 0; boxHeight = 1 - 0 - 0 = 1 addedBoxHeight now 1 Step 2: stepw = 1 + 1 = 2 maxRemHeight = 1 penaltyHeight = 2 + 1 - 3 = 0 boxHeight = 2 - 1 - 0 = 1 addedBoxHeight now 2 Step 3: stepw = 2 + 1 = 3 maxRemHeight = 0 penaltyHeight = 3 + 0 - 3 = 0 boxHeight = 3 - 2 - 0 = 1 addedBoxHeight now 3 breaks: 1/2 2/1 3/0 box 1 penalty 0 box 1 penalty 0 box 1 (penalty 0) On 29.03.2005 13:56:59 Luca Furini wrote: > > A point I still have to think about for both approaches is how exactly > > to handle row spanning, although I suspect it'll be easier for the first > > approach. > > I did not think about this yet, but I agree with you. Jeremias Maerki