How to disable headings in choicetables?

Anne
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How to disable headings in choicetables?

Post by Anne » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:37 am

Hi,

By default, choice tables have column headings "Option" and "Description", which I think is redundant in a task step.
Is there a way to disable these headings?

Thanks,
Anne

Radu
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Re: How to disable headings in choicetables?

Post by Radu » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:43 am

Hi Anne,

The dialog used by Oxygen to insert a choice table has a checkbox called "Generate table header" which can be unchecked. Or you can manually remove the DITA <chhead> element from the table XML content.
Or if you do not want to modify the DITA content you will probably need to take care of this with some kind of publishing customization.

Regards,
Radu
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Anne
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Re: How to disable headings in choicetables?

Post by Anne » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:21 pm

Hi Radu,

All my choicetables don't have the <chhead> element. I created a brand one without the Generate Header option, just to be sure.
But in the output the header Option/Description is always auto generated.

If there's no way to disable them in the content, how can this be done via customization?

Thanks,
Anne

Radu
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Re: How to disable headings in choicetables?

Post by Radu » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:55 pm

Hi Anne,

You did not specify what output format you obtain from DITA.
I will assume it's PDF using the classic XSL-FO approach.
In this XSLT stylesheet "OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR/frameworks/dita/DITA-OT3.x/plugins/org.dita.pdf2/xsl/fo/task-elements.xsl" there is an xsl:template:

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  <xsl:template match="*[contains(@class, ' task/choicetable ')]">
which at some point does something like:

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      <xsl:choose>
        <xsl:when test="*[contains(@class, ' task/chhead ')]">
          <xsl:apply-templates select="*[contains(@class, ' task/chhead ')]"/>
        </xsl:when>
        <xsl:otherwise>
          <fo:table-header xsl:use-attribute-sets="chhead">
            <fo:table-row xsl:use-attribute-sets="chhead__row">
              <xsl:apply-templates select="." mode="emptyChoptionHd"/>
              <xsl:apply-templates select="." mode="emptyChdescHd"/>
            </fo:table-row>
          </fo:table-header>
        </xsl:otherwise>
      </xsl:choose>
That xsl:otherwise should probably be removed because it created the header row even when not specified in the DITA content.
More about PDF customizations:

https://www.oxygenxml.com/doc/versions/ ... utput.html

Regards,
Radu
Radu Coravu
<oXygen/> XML Editor
http://www.oxygenxml.com

Anne
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Re: How to disable headings in choicetables?

Post by Anne » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:52 pm

Thanks a lot!

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