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Tue 3 Oct 2006, 12:49 AM
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I hesitate to do this, but it has been frequently requested.  The following is a side by side comparison of some of what the Midas Rich Text LSX 3.61 supports versus what the Notes 7.x rich text classes support, just in the area of table manipulation.  Please note that more could be done by exporting to DXL, modifying and re-importing, but that is not much better than saying more could be done by using the C API.  Of course it could, but it doesn't help most people.  Anyway, here goes, and I think you'll see why I hesitate... it feels like kicking someone when they are down.  If anything, I tried to minimize the features that could be construed as table features to keep the list reasonable.

So, would you like to see the same comparison for other areas, or is it just too depressing?
Tables - FeatureSupport in Midas Rich Text 3.61Support in Notes 7.x rich text classes
Create new regular tableSupportedSupported
Create nested tableSupportedSupported
Access regular tableSupportedSupported
Access nested table SupportedNot supported
Create tabbed tableSupportedSupported
Modify tabs after creatingSupportedNot supported
Set tab font and appearanceSupportedNot supported
Create programmable tableSupportedNot supported
Create animated table with various settingsSupportedNot supported
Modify type of table (tabbed, programmable, animated) on existing tableSupportedNot supported
Set cell border style and colorSupportedNot supported
Set drop shadow valueSupportedNot supported
Set row and column spacingSupportedNot supported
Set table left and right margins (whole table, not cells)SupportedNot supported
Set cell width on creationSupportedSupported
Set cell paragraph styles on creationSupportedSupported (limited)
Change cell width after creationNot supportedNot supported
Change cell paragraph styles after creationSupportedSupported (limited)
Set cell background color on createSupportedNot supported
Set cell background color on existing cellsSupportedNot supported
Set cell borders individually on createSupportedNot supported
Set cell borders individually on existing cellsSupportedNot supported
Set cell background image on creationSupportedNot supported
Change/Set cell background image after creationSupportedNot supported
Set vertical alignment of cellsSupportedNot supported
Set minimum row heightSupportedNot supported
Set HTML values for table, row and cell on creationSupportedNot supported
Set HTML values for table, row and cell on existing tableSupportedNot supported
Sort table by column valueSupportedNot supported
Sort table by column value with additional sort columns as secondary keysSupportedNot supported
Sort tabbed table by tab valuesSupportedNot supported
Set cell values as part of creation of table or rowSupportedNot supported
Change cell values after creationSupportedSupported (limited)
Set text font and attributes as part of creation of table or rowSupportedNot supported
Change text font and attributes as part of creation of table or rowSupportedSupported (limited)
Change fonts and attributes on set of cells at a timeSupportedNot supported
Merge cells dynamicallySupportedNot supported
Split merged cells SupportedNot supported
Access cell by direct reference (Table t, Row r, Column c)SupportedNot supported
Access cell by get first/get nextSupportedSupported
Append rowsSupportedSupported
Delete rowsSupportedSupported
Append rows copying contentsSupportedNot supported

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