It is now possible to mark up a table semantically, so that when the TextBlock tag is parsed, the structure of the table is retained. While this is not a requirement in the ESMA reporting manual, some auditing teams are requesting this implementation. This can be implemented before or after tags have been applied to the document and will need to be performed once only.
To proceed, please follow the steps below:
1) Create a new Layer in your report and give it a suitable name. For example; “Tables”.
We recommend that this new layer is exclusively used for semantically parsing tables.
2) Find the table you wish to semantically parse and highlight it using the blue dots. Please note that footnotes should not be included in the highlight.
3.) Double click on the yellow highlighting and the below progress box will appear.
4) You can edit or delete the table once it is selected by right clicking on the blue border of the table.
5) Once you have parsed the table, you can go ahead and apply your TextBlock tags on other Layers. Select the TextBlock tag and set the Escape Text to "True" in Properties. Remember that to be able to make changes in Properties you will need to ensure the status of the of the tag is set to In Edit or Review Pending. You can do this by right clicking on the tag and selecting Set Status.
6) You can easily update the Escape Text setting for multiple tags all at once by going to the Text Tagging tab in the Tagger. Select the head tags, i.e., those that are detailed as "Text Content" in the Type column, by holding down the "ctrl" key on your keyboard. Then, make the appropriate change in Properties.
How do I ensure that my tables are correctly defined?
Your tables will be correctly defined if you follow the above steps. Your auditors will be able to identify any issues using their audit tool during the report review. If, however, you wish to independently verify that the tables have been defined correctly, you can inspect the HTML-code in your report using the following instructions. However, please note we do not recommend this exercise as it can be time-consuming.
1) Open your XHTML document.
2) Right-click on the table you want to check and select Inspect.
3) On the right-hand side of the page, locate the HTML code, specifically looking for a code starting with "<table id=". This code confirms that your table has been semantically parsed.
Please note: You will need to perform the above steps for each table tagged in the Notes section of your report.