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By glazou on Thursday 10 June 2004, 18:06 - Nvu
Excellent. Mozilla Composer's insert table UI was a mess.
thanks a lot - this is a cool feature for my work as teacher with pupils!!!
could this be done directly from an icon in the toolbar
without calling the dialog first ??
wolf: not in the 15 minutes I spent on it this afternoon Otherwise, yes.
And the source code of a new table cell is finally just a simple <td> and not <td valign="top">? This is one of my most hated bugs in composer, because the vertical alignment of a text in a table cell has to be definded in a style sheet and not inline.
Off-by-one bug? The dialog says 6x4, but the highlighted area is actually a 5x4...
Kidding! I love the dialog anyway!
wolf: "could this be done directly from an icon in the toolbar
without calling the dialog first ?? " just like in Frontpage Express?
I think that displaying this dialog as a "drop down panel"(button expanding in a panel like 'back button' in browsers) could be an fast way to insert a table from the toolbar.
Maybe keeping it as a dialog will discourage authors from using tables when they aren't necessary. (Just kidding, I'd have no problem with direct toolbar-button access.)
Mauriz: don't know FrontPage!!
I used this feature in WordPerfect(??)the graphical DOS version ??? a long time ago.
How this worked:
from the Toolbar Icon (table insert)
1. click on the icon while holding down the mouse bouton
2. an initial field opens ( say 3 x 4) row/column
with the last row showing the text "3 x 4"
3 still holding down the button the icon field
expands/retracts with the mouse movements
4. free the mouse and the table is inserted
One piece of cricicism: it doesn't look keyboard or screen reader accessible. Looks like a feature for mousers only so far.
I'm sure the precisely tab will take care of that, right?
See the accessible XUL authoring guidelines for some easy accessibility do's and dont's:
BTW, Daniel, I have on this dialog 'rows' and 'cols' input fields to define numbers from keyboard :-P
aaronlev: excellent remark, thanks a lot. Yes the "precisely" tab will take care of that, it corresponds to the original table insertion dialog.
/me bows down 8]
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