Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
The functions of table processing are designed to provide a simple, yet flexible means of producing a wide variety of tables automatically. For simple tables, the markup required is also simple. Complex tables require more complex markup. Of special interest in the table processing language is the pictorial notation for describing a table layout. This notation provides a simple, yet very powerful way to show how parts of the table concept are related to each other, without the complexity that would be required to describe it with keywords, options, parameters, and other common syntactic elements. With the pictorial notation, a named table layout definition can be provided and then this layout can be used by name for any table that suits the layout.