While your on the subject, is there a daily/weekly digest?
Thanks,
Jeff

Sorry for the off topic

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From: "Woods, John T." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 12:47 PM
Subject: RE: Subject: text colums


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| Thanks,
| John
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| -----Original Message-----
| From: Joerg Pietschmann [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
| Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 8:37 AM
| To: FOP User
| Subject: Re: Subject: text colums
|
|
| Lauren Commons <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
| > I am producing pdfs that will have a bullet list that
| > I want to display in two columns, like newspaper
| > columns.  I won't know in advance how many items will
| > be in the list.
|
| I suppose you have
| ...
|   <li>Item1</li>
|   <li>Item2</li>
|   <li>Item3</li>
| ...
| and want to display
|   o Item1         o Item3
|   o Item2
| or perhaps
|   o Item1         o Item2
|   o Item3
| (note the difference)
|
| This is not easy to achieve. A first shot would be to use
| a two column table distribute the list items equally between
| the columns. You have also to decide whether you want to use
| one row in the table or a row for every pair of items.
| A sample XSLT snippet (untested):
|   <fo:table table-layout="fixed">
|     <fo:table-column column-width="proportional-column-width()"/>
|     <fo:table-column column-width="proportional-column-width()"/>
|     <fo:table-body>
|       <fo:table-row>
|         <xsl:for-each select="li[position() div 2=0]">
|           <fo:table-cell>
|             <xsl:apply-templates>
|           </fo:table-cell>
|           <fo:table-cell>
|             <xsl:apply-templates select="following-sibling:li">
|           </fo:table-cell>
|         </xsl:for-each>
|       </fo:table-row>
|     </fo:table-body>
|   </fo:table>
| This will generate the secont variant, with one row. If you want
| multiple rows, move the <fo:table-row> into the xsl:for-each
| The first variant is a bit harder to get.
|
| Whether the table solution matches your expectations is up to
| you. Having two columns with items flowing from the first
| to the second column to fill a minimal area seems to be much
| harder unless you want to have the whole page in two columns.
|
| Ask on the XSL list for more ideas.
|
| J.Pietschmann

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