DocBook: The Definitive GuideBy Norman Walsh & Leonard Muellner
1st Edition October 1999
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Content Modelspanspec ::= EMPTY
rowsep NUMBER None spanname NMTOKEN Required colsep NUMBER None namest NMTOKEN Required nameend NMTOKEN Required charoff NUTOKEN None align
None char CDATA None
The start-tag is required for this element. The end-tag is optional, if your SGML declaration allows minimization.
A SpanSpec associates a name with a span between two columns in a table. In the body of the table, cells can refer to the span by name. Cells that refer to a span will span horizontally from the first column to the last column, inclusive.
Cells can also form spans directly, by naming the start and end columns themselves. The added benefit of a SpanSpec is that it can associate formatting information (such as alignment and table rule specifications) with the span. This information does not need to be repeated then, on each spanning cell.
Processing expectations<spanspec spanname="fullyear" namest="jan" nameend="dec">exists in a table, ColSpecs named "jan" and "dec" must also exist in the same table.
Align specifies the horizontal alignment of Entrys (or EntryTbls) in the span. The default alignment is inherited from the enclosing TGroup. If Char is specified, see also Char and CharOff. Individual Entrys and EntryTbls can specify an alternate alignment.
Char specifies the alignment character when the Align attribute is set to Char.
CharOff specifies the percentage of the column's total width that should appear to the left of the first occurance of the character identified in Char when the Align attribute is set to Char. This attribute is inherited from the ColSpec of the column specified in Namest or from the enclosing TGroup.
If ColSep has the value 1 (true), then a rule will be drawn to the right of the spanning column described by this SpanSpec. A value of 0 (false) suppresses the rule. The rule to the right of the last column in the table is controlled by the Frame attribute of the enclosing Table or InformalTable and the ColSep of the last column in the table is ignored. If unspecified, this attribute is inherited from enclosing elements.
NameEnd is the name (defined in a ColSpec) of the rightmost column of the span.
NameSt is the name (defined in a ColSpec) of the leftmost column of the span.
If RowSep has the value 1 (true), then a rule will be drawn below all the cells in this Span. A value of 0 (false) suppresses the rule. The rule below the last row in the table is controlled by the Frame attribute of the enclosing Table or InformalTable and the RowSep of the last row is ignored. If unspecified, this attribute is inherited from enclosing elements.
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