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APL for the Practical Man

HTML Tables Again

June 6, 2021

The previous post was operative for less than 24 hours. Experience soon proved it silly to provide the dimensions rather than the data as the argument; it just led to more code. Let's try again:

     ⍝ ⍺ ←→ [Parent Element]
     ⍝ ⍵ ←→ BodyContent [HeaderContent [FooterContent]]
     ⍝ ← ←→ Table
     c←∊'thead' 'tbody' 'tfoot'{
         e←New ⍺
         r←e New¨{'tr'⍵}¨⍳≢d
         t←(⍺≡'tbody')⊃'th' 'td'
         e⊣r.Content←↓New¨{t ⍵}¨d
     }¨3↑⍬ ⍬,⍨(⊂⍣(2=≡⍵))⍵
     ⍺ New'table'c


It's shorter too. We get rid of a lot of code by recognizing that the thead , tbody , and tfoot elements are (almost) indentically structured.

BodyContent , HeaderContent , and FooterContent are matrices or vectors of simple text vectors. Vectors are treated as one-row matrices. BodyContent is required, HeaderContent and FooterContent are both optional. If FooterContent is provided but HeaderContent is not, a placeholder is needed.

The class specification is still left out, as using the utility functions Cells , BodyCells , HeaderCells and FooterCells is a much better way to specify classes, or any other attributes or additional content.

I usually avoid nested multi-line dfns (especially in application-specfic code), but I make exceptions for tightly designed utility functions.

The parentheses required for the power operator are annoying ( ).

Let's see how long this function lasts.