Table Cell Borders Collapsed and Separated

This section provides a tutorial example on how to create table with cell borders collapsed and separated. The table[@border-collapse] attribute takes two values: collapse and separate.

As the first example of "table" formatting objects, let's learn how to control table cell borders and paddings with the following attributes:

Here is my tutorial example, Table-with-Border-on-Cells.fo, that with two "table" formatting objects:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- Table-with-Border-on-Cells.fo
 - Copyright (c) 2016, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
-->
<fo:root xmlns:fo="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Format">
 <fo:layout-master-set>
  <fo:simple-page-master master-name="page" 
   margin="0.1in" page-height="5in" page-width="5in">
   <fo:region-body region-name="body" background-color="#eeffff"/>
  </fo:simple-page-master>
 </fo:layout-master-set>
 <fo:page-sequence master-reference="page">
  <fo:flow flow-name="body">
<fo:block>Table with cell borders collapsed:</fo:block>
<fo:table>
 <fo:table-body>
  <fo:table-row>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    padding="8pt"><fo:block>?</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    padding="8pt"><fo:block>U+262E</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    padding="8pt"><fo:block>Peace</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
  </fo:table-row>
  <fo:table-row>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    padding="8pt"><fo:block>?</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    padding="8pt"><fo:block>U+262F</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    padding="8pt"><fo:block>Yin Yang</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
  </fo:table-row>
 </fo:table-body>
</fo:table>
<fo:block margin-top="12pt">
 Table with cell borders separated:</fo:block>
<fo:table border-collapse="separate" border-separation="4px">
 <fo:table-body>
  <fo:table-row>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    background-color="#ffccff" padding="8pt">
    <fo:block>?</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    background-color="#ffccff" padding="8pt">
    <fo:block>U+2602</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    background-color="#ffccff" padding="8pt">
    <fo:block>Umbrella</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
  </fo:table-row>
  <fo:table-row>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    background-color="#ffccff" padding="8pt">
    <fo:block>?</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    background-color="#ffccff" padding="8pt">
    <fo:block>U+260E</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
   <fo:table-cell border-width="4px" border-style="solid" 
    background-color="#ffccff" padding="8pt">
    <fo:block>Telephone</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
  </fo:table-row>
 </fo:table-body>
</fo:table>
  </fo:flow>
 </fo:page-sequence>
</fo:root>

If you process this example XSL-FO document with Apache FOP, you will see two tables: one with borders collapsed and one with borders separated:

Table Cell Borders Collapsed and Separated

Last update: 2016.

Table of Contents

 About This XSL-FO Tutorial Book

 Introduction of XSL-FO

 Apache™ FOP (Formatting Objects Processor)

 RenderX XEP as an XSL-FO Tool

 Introduction of Area Model

 XSL-FO Document Basics and Examples

 Page Layout Masters

 Block-Level Formatting Objects

 Inline-Level Formatting Objects

 Including Graphics in XSL-FO document

Table of Rows and Columns

 Table Formatting Object Tree

Table Cell Borders Collapsed and Separated

 Table Row Borders and Column Borders

 Table Column Headers and Footers

 Table and Column Width Control

 Table Column and Row Merge or Span

 Table with Caption

 List, Item, Label, and Body

 Floating Blocks - "float" and "footnote"

 Hyperlinks, Table of Contents and Indexes

 Headers and Footers using "static-content"

 Font Attributes and Font Families

 Apache FOP Font Configurations

 RenderX XEP Font Configurations

 References

 PDF Printing Version