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Tabbed tables in HTML

Wed 10 Sep 2003, 12:19 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
As I am sure many of you are aware, our Midas Rich Text LSX has evolved a lot over the past few years.  You can work with all sorts of structures in rich text on documents, as well as with rich text in design elements such as forms, image resources and such.  Nonetheless, the biggest area of growth and new usage is in HTML generation for one purpose or another.  Companies use Midas to project better HTML on their Domino websites, to export Notes content to MS Word, to migrate out of Notes entirely, or to save snap shots of Notes data for those without a Notes client.

We are constantly working to find better ways to represent Notes rich text, especially as we are more and more likely to render a form along with the document.  Domino handles tabbed tables somewhat poorly, and their approach requires that you have Domino behind the HTML to serve up the pages, but that is not an adequate solution for customers moving data out of Notes to SQL Server, or to stand alone pages, or even to Domino websites.  Therefore, we are working on ways to represent tabbed tables using CSS and JavaScript, with results such as that below.

So, the question is, would you want to use this approach, or do you have a better one?  Does it work in your browser?  Is this the best thing since sliced bread, or are we creating more chaos?  Let me know what you think.

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