Vertical table heads in PDF output

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Vertical table heads in PDF output

Postby pfarrell on Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:08 pm

Has anyone had any luck creating vertical table heads in PDF output?

We have some Framemaker users who are moving to Flare, and I can't figure out how to create vertical table heads in the PDF output.

Are we out of luck?

Thanks,

Pat
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Re: Vertical table heads in PDF output

Postby Chicago_HPT on Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:54 am

How familiar/comfortable are you with CSS? I haven't had time to do more than a cursory look at this, so maybe someone else has a better, or a more detailed suggestion, but have you looked at the transform: rotate(Ndeg) CSS attribute? It rotates things N degrees counterclockwise. There's a brief explanation at https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/text-rotation/ but there may be more detailed ones elsewhere.

I don't know if it works with PDF output.

I hope that helps, at least a little,
-jeff
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Re: Vertical table heads in PDF output

Postby Chicago_HPT on Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:02 am

Quick follow-up. I was unable to find access to the transform: rotate attribute in Flare's Style Editor Basic View but it is available in the Advanced View, if you're more comfortable playing with settings via a graphical user interface rather than just plain CSS text.

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Re: Vertical table heads in PDF output

Postby Folkie on Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:00 am

If you're really confident with CSS you can edit your stylesheets directly, so rather than double-click to open it, use right-click > Open with > Internal Text Editor.

Even if you don't feel happy adding or modifying styles that way, it can be very useful to use the text editor to search for particular attributes etc. within the stylesheet.
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Re: Vertical table heads in PDF output

Postby pfarrell on Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:50 am

Thanks for the information everyone.

While I have managed to do this in HTML output, apparently, it is not possible in PDF output.

From MadCap Technical Support:

Thank you for contacting MadCap Technical Support.
Unfortunately it is not possible at this point to have vertical text in PDF output. I have gone ahead and added you to the open feature request for this ability to be added.
You will be notified by email if this is added in a future version.
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Re: Vertical table heads in PDF output

Postby Isleofgough on Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:43 pm

I requested this almost a decade ago after finding the tables in Framemaker could not be replicated in Flare. I got the same answer from Madcap at the time.
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