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A method of generating HTML Tables

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015022D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is a tool which generates HTML tables, which the application programmer can use to add cells to tables adhoc, and the tool will generate a syntactically correct tables. Background An HTML table must be created left to right, top to bottom. A programmer cannot add a row or column which is "before" the current row or column. This poses a problem when the information to be displayed cannot easily be retrieved in the right order. Secondly, some tables are generated as required. If a table will not contain any information, then it should not be created. Yet if the table requires a header row, the programmer must perform a look-ahead" on the information to determine if a header row must be created. Finally, when creating a table with cells that span a row or column, special care must be taken to ensure that the spanning does not violate HTML table syntax. Solution