[Xerte] Query re formatting?

Alistair McNaught Alistair.McNaught at HEAcademy.ac.uk
Fri May 3 10:04:01 BST 2013

A colleague and I have been working on creating a training module for publishers on accessibility metadata. The metadata is in XML format and we are trying to embed it in XOT pages to illustrate different metadata and how it describes different parts of a book cover.

However it is proving a bit unpredictable in the code. Can anyone advise us on the following?

-- how does text containing the < character to work? It seems completely capricious, sometimes switching between displaying the < and trying to interpret it as markup even after you've got it all correct. In two editing sessions, I was unable to form an understanding of what the editor was doing to my text

-- the application appears to insert a predictable (but not controllable) number of blank lines (as <br>) above each <table> inserted in a text box. Can this be controlled?

Any advice would be welcome. Obviously it's brilliant to now have tables working in XOT but it would be nice if they weren't so stuffed with BRs. And is there a way to understand < behaviour or should we be using latex instead?

Many thanks


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