I've encountered a couple of questions (e.g. xsl cals tables: span cells, using colspec, namest and nameend; see also https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=xml+CALS+table) in the XML/XSLT arena regarding the processing of data in the CALS table format. For those not familiar with CALS (like me), it's helpful to have an entry in the tag wiki to direct people to more info; and for those who are familiar with it, a tag helps them find the questions that are up their alley. CALS was at one time described as "the most widely adopted industry SGML representation for tables."

I just tried to create such a tag, but when I try, SO tells me I can't create a cals tag because there is already a cal tag; if I really want to do this, it says, raise a question on meta. So that's what I'm doing. The cal tag refers to the Composite Application Library, which has nothing to do with CALS.

So what happens next - is a moderator supposed to come along and approve or reject this new tag proposal?


I went ahead and used the cals-table tag, as @tohecz hinted, and edited the tag wiki entry for it. That edit is in the review queue. So I guess if that gets approved, I'll see whether cals-table starts showing up in the autocomplete list.

I could close this question, but I'm curious to hear more about why I couldn't find cals-table in the tag autocompletion list when I typed cals. How would I find out that such a tag existed?

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    cals-tables? – yo' Dec 5 '13 at 19:26
  • @tohecz: I guess that worked. I'm a bit confused about whether that tag existed already. It didn't show up in the autocompletion list, unlike local-storage etc. However when I tried to tag the question with cals-tables, SO didn't warn me about creating a new tag. So did it already exist? But didn't show up because it has no wiki entry? Either way, it's confusing behavior... – LarsH Dec 5 '13 at 19:41

Well, as I said in the comment, is a good choice for this case.

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  • Indeed it is. Thanks for the helpful tip. But I'm also curious how to know, next time, that such a tag exists. – LarsH Dec 5 '13 at 19:56
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    Use the "type to find tags" box on stackoverflow.com/tags. – Danny Miller Dec 5 '13 at 22:20

Answering my last question... why didn't cals-tables show up in the autocomplete list of tags when I typed cals?

Because there's only room for 6 completions to be shown. And exact matches are not prioritized over fuzzy-and-often-irrelevant ones like local-storage. In this case, all 6 matches shown were irrelevant. All of them have something else before cal, e.g. pascalstring; and 5 of them have a hyphen between cal and s. Apparently, the popularity of those tags overrides the fact that the tag names were a poor fit to what I had typed.

One could advocate changes to those priorities, but that would be a separate conversation. E.g. tag names with a match at the beginning of a word, and without hyphens in the middle, are likely to be better matches than others.

Maybe what (else) we need is for the autocompletion list to give some indication that it's not an exhaustive list of possible completions, so that it didn't lead users to think there was no other tag containing the string they typed. E.g. a link labeled Find other tags matching 'cals'....

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    +1 tomorrow (limit reached), and this would make a nice feature-request as well, even though it's probably quite a lot of work with effect basically only to conincidence situations like this one. – yo' Dec 5 '13 at 22:51

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