Hi Carlos,

Carlos Villegas wrote:
> Hi,
> I searched the mailing lists and it seems that although some people had
> worked at several times at trying to implement retrieve-table-marker,
> it's not yet done. Is somebody working on this? What's the status?

It’s not being worked on at the moment. This is still a missing feature.

> In many use cases omitting the first table header and the last table
> footer will do the trick.
> How easy is this to implement?
> What will be the steps to add such an extension to FOP?
> I just started looking at the code so I'm exploring whether this is
> viable solution.

That might work. You would need to change the
method. There is a “if (getTableLM().getTable().omitHeaderAtBreak())”
test that you could augment with a “&& !(omitFirstHeader)” clause.
Likewise for the footer.

The easiest is to directly modify that class and re-build FOP. A bit
less easy would be to add a variable in the configuration file, so that
you can enable it only for certain FO files. Even less easy would be to
add an extension property to fo:table so that you can enable it only for
some tables of an FO document. Please ask if you need more details.

All that said, such a change would be very hacky and, unless there is
overwhelming demand from the user community, I would oppose to integrate
it in the code base. This is a patch that you would have to maintain on
your side. Better would be of course to actually implement
retrieve-table-marker. Although this would be more involving than
implementing this little trick...


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