More behind the scenes changes...
Posted Jun 19, 2013 15:13 UTC (Wed) by anselm
In reply to: More behind the scenes changes...
Parent article: Meeks: LibreOffice's under-the-hood progress in 4.1.0 (beta)
you might note the curious absence of complicated tables in these examples.
Which should not come as a huge surprise given that PGF and TikZ are tools for graphics, not tables. As a matter of fact angled text is not a problem for TikZ at all – see, for example, this picture. TikZ can even typeset text along arbitrary curved paths.
What package have you used for it?
ltxtable (nothing special there). There are some limitations with this, notably the fact that page breaks can only occur between cells, not within a cell – which wasn't an issue in my application. If that is a problem then, depending on the source material, there are various other approaches that one could take, including using a sequence of appropriately constructed paragraphs instead of a table. I would expect other (non-TeX) packages to have similar issues, simply because doing that sort of thing isn't exactly great typography to begin with.
And the gulf between a casual user and macro package writer is a huge one.
Which is one of the issues that LuaTeX is trying to address. I'm personally not a great fan of Lua, but in TeX it does make a few things easier that used to be very difficult.
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