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Table Attr Tab


Table Attr Tab of DocToHtml Converter Options Dialog

Use the following table and cells attributes—options in this group let you specify which table-related and table cells-related formatting attributes will be retained in the resulting (X)HTML code. Unchecking any of these checkboxes will make DocToHtml omit the corresponding attributes from the output markup. Of course, this may lead to differences in appearance between the original and the converted documents. If you want to obtain pure (X)HTML without formatting, it is up to you to decide which attributes you really need.

Note that “Indent from left” option, for inserting the margin-left attribute for tables, can be toggled independently from the same attribute for paragraphs.

To preserve the height of table rows too, check the “Height - for rows” checkbox. Then DocToHtml will insert the height="XX" tag attribute for rows whose height is explicitly defined.

The “Always” checkbox (to the right of the “Use values” checkbox), if checked, tells the program to always use the specified values instead of only when those values are undefined. The border width and color for a table are undefined if different table cells have different values of these parameters (that is, even if one table cell is formatted differently from other ones).

To display a hint containing the (X)HTML description of a formatting feature, move the mouse pointer over the option of interest.

Use <col> tag for cells width—if turned on, this option will force DocToHtml to use the <col> tag to specify the width of a table’s column instead of <th> or <td>. Using the <col> tag produces a logically cleaner HTML code; moreover, it often results in a smaller output. So it is advisable to turn this option on.

No decimal fractions—if turned on, this option forbids DocToHtml to use fractional values for the width attribute. It will slightly decrease the precision of the relative width of table cells or of the whole table, but integers are more standard and can be handled by all browsers.

Restrict to 100%—this option, when applied to table width, causes DocToHtml to use the safe value of 100% for table width if the calculated one is greater than that. The program calculates table width relative to the content page area (part of the page excluding the left and right margins). So if the table lies beyond that area (that is, extends to the left of the left margin and/or to the right of the right margin), the computed value will exceed 100%. This effect may be undesirable as the table can be truncated when displayed in a browser. To prevent the annoyance, turn this option on.

Relative to full page—this option tells the program to include page margins when calculating the relative width of a given table. It will affect the default behavior of the table width computing algorithm, as described in the paragraph above. This option is meaningful only if you did not enable the “Convert page margins” option on the Body & Footer Tab of the Conversion Options dialog (because if that is the case, the result would be inappropriate).

Use CSS definition—this option instructs DocToHtml to prefer the CSS equivalents of (X)HTML formatting attributes. It is recommended to turn this option on, because in the modern versions of (X)HTML, the object properties set using old-fashioned tag attributes are given the lowest priority when parsing. Therefore, if you have defined somewhere the same object property via a CSS rule, this rule will take precedence, rendering useless the formatting attributes carefully inserted by DocToHtml. For an explanation of all possible effects resulting from turning on the option Use CSS definition, see the table below.
ContextNon-CSS output HTMLCSS equivalent
Table alignment
align="center"
align="right"
align="left" (implicitly)
style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"
style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: 0;"
style="margin-left: 0; margin-right: auto;" (implicitly)
Vertical alignmentalign="top"
align="middle"
align="bottom"
style="vertical-align: top;"
style="vertical-align: middle;"
style="vertical-align: bottom;"
Background colorbgcolor="value"
style="background-color: value;"