[Seaside] Cleaning up tables for IE

Sebastian Sastre ssastre at seaswork.com
Tue Aug 28 21:26:21 UTC 2007

I would love to help Boris but I didn't reach that point myself. In fact I
don't use cells (yet). Once I was tempted to but the design was reviewed
with designers and the interface was made simpler.


Sebastian Sastre


> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: seaside-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org 
> [mailto:seaside-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org] En nombre 
> de Boris Popov
> Enviado el: Martes, 28 de Agosto de 2007 13:24
> Para: Seaside - general discussion
> Asunto: [Seaside] Cleaning up tables for IE
> You knew this was coming... I've been cleaning up our 
> reporting component to finally dead with IE's treatment of 
> empty data cells and just wanted to poke others' brains about 
> ways they've dealt with similar problems. As we all know IE 
> really likes having values in data cells, if it does not it 
> will not apply most of styling like borders and such.
> It's fairly easy to address this on the reporting side by 
> printing non-breaking spaces when textual values for cells 
> are empty, but it gets tricky for those cases where cells use 
> arbitrary rendering blocks to spit out anchors, images and 
> what not. In that case its really down to the cell to 
> determine if there's content just prior to closing of the tag 
> and if there isn't any, print  .
> So far I'm looking at possibly adding this as a workaround,
> WATableCellTag>>before
>  super before.
>  position := self document stream position.
> WATableCellTag >>after
>  position = self document stream position ifTrue: [canvas space].
>  super after.
> But this only gets you half-way, because doing things like,
> html tableData: [html strong: '']
> will still break IE's rendering. I can't think of any 
> reasonably clean and generic way of determining whether table 
> cell contents are semantically "empty" as far as IE's point 
> of view is other than to start weeding out these cases one by 
> one, which I don't mind. Thoughts?
> Cheers!
> -Boris
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