Horizontal Alignment (NISO JATS table model)

Sets the horizontal (line) alignment inside a table cell. (This attribute is based on and intended to be converted easily to the XHMTL align attribute.)


The @align attribute is used in two different ways. (1) It specifies the horizontal alignment for the entire cell (such as “center” or “justify”. (2) It is used for aligning values in table cells on a particular character within the cell, commonly a decimal point. Alignment on a particular character requires that three attributes be set in the XML document:

  1. The @align attribute value is set to the word “char”.
  2. The @char attribute value is set to the actual character to use for the aligning, for example, to align on a decimal point, the “.” character.
  3. The @charoff attribute value is set to the percent of the current column width to be placed to the left of the (left edge of the) alignment character, for example, “30”.

Attribute Values

In Elements

<col>, <colgroup>, <tbody>, <td>, <tfoot>, <th>, <thead>, <tr>
centerCenter align the cell contents.
charAlign the text on the character identified with the @char attribute.
justifyFully justify cell contents (right and left justification).
leftLeft justify cell contents.
rightRight justify cell contents.
Restriction: This is an optional attribute; there is no default.