The problem is that if you have a LOT of rows, it won't work.

On Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM, David Artman <da...@davidartman.com> wrote:

> While we're talking underlying theory/structure: I suspect many tables in
> which one wants to conditionalize a column could be refactored so that the
> columns were instead rows, which are conditionable.
>
> Thoughts?
>
>  Yes, theoretically, if you didn't have spanned cells, you could
> hide/show the cells that make up a column, but since there is no "column"
> object, there's no place to assign that data. You can conditionalize rows,
> but cells are a bit of a different beast.
>
> It would be possible to make a plugin or script that would assign a
> condition to the content of all cells in a column, but you'd have to
> actually delete the cells that make up that column to "hide" it.
>
> The closest thing to a column object that you could assign a property to
> for this purpose would be the "colspec" element in DITA. But in looking,
> that doesn't allow the outputclass attribute (or other likely attributes)
> where you'd assign a value that you could check for during some publishing
> process to hide/delete that column.
>
> If I were to want to do this, I'd probably set a marker in the column
> header to indicate a hide/show property, then set up some sort of process
> during publishing.
>
>
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