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finetable: Panels with rounded corners

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finetable.php is a PHP3/4 - script including all elements needed to build a table with rounded corners within itself. Two image files can be generated automatically, if there is write permission on your site.
If not, download the rescue pack which contains the transparent gif and the corner producing php script.

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finetable readme.txt April 6, 2002 finetable.php is used to produce panels with rounded corners. It contains the class ftable, which simplifies the calls to the finetable functions. To use finetable.php in your php files you include it like this: include 'finetable.php'; This includes all imperative functions and the class "ftable". Now both the imperative and the object oriented ways are open. If you already included an older version and you did include the class wrapper file, too: Delete the line including the class wrapper: include 'ft_class.php'; // <-- Delete this line, it is depreciated Everything will work as before. If you do not delete this line, an error will occur. You can put the image delivering files into an extra image directory, maybe "images". Change these lines after the big comment in finetable.php: $me = 'images/'.IMAGE_GENERATOR; $blank = 'images/'.BLANK_IMAGE; If the files needed to produce the corners and the transparent image are not there, they will be created if there is write permission. You can hide the files away from the http: path and put them somewhere in the directory structure of your server: $me = '/usr/local/http/includes/'.IMAGE_GENERATOR; $blank = '/usr/local/http/includes/images/'.BLANK_IMAGE; You can rename the files within these define statements: define ( 'IMAGE_GENERATOR', 'ft_img2.php' ); define ( 'BLANK_IMAGE', 'ft_blank.gif' ); Finetable will create the files if write permission is given. If the files are not created, check if the path exists and if you can get write permission for the path specified. Check for spelling errors. You can easily determine if the files are created or not: look at the corners of the generated panels. If the panels look ok then the files were created. If the panels look wired, then something is wrong. Download the rescue pack to get the 2 files, if writing the files does not work. The class wrapper was added to simplify the approach to finetable calls. To surround large blocks of code with a finetable, it is easier to use the class than the pure imperative method. Here I surround a lot of code with the imperative method: echo ft_upperhalf( 'Links to pages which use <b>finetable.php</b>', '000000',1,12,'100%','FFCC00','','FFEE00' ); ... <a lot of code > ... ... at this point, after more than a screen full with code, I ... need to scroll up: huh, what was the color? The radius? ... now i scroll down again and put this: echo ft_lowerhalf( 12, 'FFCC00' ); // End of outer Table. Using the class this would look like this: $outer = new ftable; $outer->bodybgcolor = 'FFCC00'; $outer->captionbgcolor = 'FFEE00'; $outer->linecolor = '000000'; $outer->caption = 'Links to pages which use <b>finetable.php</b>'; $outer->printtop(); ... <a lot of code > ... ... at this point, after more than a screen full with code, ... I do not bother at all what was written above. I put this: $outer->printbottom(); Using the class method, a panel can be drawn quickly with: $panel = new ftable; $panel->printall(); This panel is not empty. It has a caption "Untitled" and a body who calls "Please give me content!". The corners have a radius of 12 and the panel's width is '100%'. The colour is white and the line separating caption and body is one pixel high and maroon. To put another caption write: $panel->caption = 'This is another caption'; $panel->printall(); The same ftable-object can be drawn as often as you like. Now lets put some other text into the panel: $panel->bodytext = 'Finally, I have content.'; $panel->printall(); You can go on and modify all other values. Change the background colour of the caption with $panel->captionbgcolor = '00FFFF'; // cyan Every variable needed has a default value. The defaults are: var $captiontext = 'Untitled'; // some text var $captionbgcolor = 'FFFFFF'; // white var $bodytext = 'Please give me content!'; // some more text var $bodybgcolor = 'FFFFFF'; // white var $linecolor = '800000'; // maroon var $lineheight = 1; var $width = '100%'; var $radius = 12; var $summary = ''; // <table> - summary needed for blind people The colours must be given in a hex-string as shown above. It is NOT possible to use 'white' instead of 'FFFFFF'. To find out color values you can use my "Farbmischer" (colour mixer) at If you followed the above example you noticed, that all panels hang together. A separating space would be fine. A <br> tag often is too fat. In finetable.php, there are two functions for that. ft_blank( $width, $height) generates a string calling the image defined in $blank. blanker( $width, $height ) echoes this string immediately. To have vertically separated panels in the example from above, write: include 'finetable.php'; $panel = new ftable; $panel->printall(); blanker( 100,4 ); $panel->caption = 'This is another caption'; $panel->printall(); blanker( 100,4 ); $panel->bodytext = 'Finally, I have content.'; $panel->printall(); blanker( 100,4 ); $panel->captionbgcolor = '00FFFF'; // cyan $panel->width = '50%'; $panel->printall(); I hope this informations concerning finetable are useful. Knito, April 8, 2002

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Plain text file finetable.php Class Panels with rounded corners
Accessible without login Plain text file readme.txt Doc. Some Infos about using finetable
Accessible without login Plain text file test_finetable.php Example used to test finetable, demo

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