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   RE: [xml-dev] adding markup to tables that have none?

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That would be easy enough in perl and python as well, but it wouldn't do well at inferring blank entries, while something that determines column boundaries based on the position of the one's digit in each entry could.
I guess any algorithm would then lead to mention of special cases that it doesn't handle, but this is a start. Thanks!

From: Michael Kay [mailto:mike@saxonica.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:34 PM
To: 'DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO)'; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] adding markup to tables that have none?

Use XSLT 2.0:
<xsl:for-each select="tokenize(unparsed-text($input-file), '\n')">
    <xsl:variable name="regex">(.{5})(.{10})(.{12})(.{3})</xsl:variable
    <xsl:analyze-string select="." regex="$regex">
       <xsl:for-each select="1 to 4">
         <td><xsl:value-of select="regex-group(.)"/></td>
Michael Kay

From: DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO) [mailto:bob.ducharme@lexisnexis.com]
Sent: 19 April 2005 17:23
To: 'xml-dev@lists.xml.org'
Subject: [xml-dev] adding markup to tables that have none?

This is a tough problem, but it's as old as the use of markup in data files, so I'm sure others have tackled it. When you have a table in which all layout is achieved using spacing (which of course requires the use of a fixed-width font) and you want to add HTML or CALS table markup that identifies row and table entry boundaries, what kinds of tools are out there besides importing to Excel and saving as XML?
I know that such tools would only work with simpler tables, because spanned entries, wrapped entries, and other fancy table tricks would cause problems, but I thought that there must be something out there, and I can't find anything. Any suggestions?


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