in reply to RFC: HTML::Dashboard (Spreadsheet-like formatting for HTML tables)
I haven't looked too closely at your API, just at your output -- but i definitely think a majority of this should be done with CSS ... the value adds you can provide are:
...i would leave the concrete specifics of how the rows/columns/cells look to a user supplied CSS. That way if i decide i want all the negative numbers to be in red instead of bold, i can just change my (possibly site global) CSS file, instead of editing the script that calls your module.
Your mechanism for prioritizing rules is interesting ... but i would avoid naming them red/ylw/grn ... it's too easy for people to assume those are color specific and not realize they relate to precedence. I would just have a precedence argument that is numeric, higher number wins (or lower, your choice) .. the interesting cases are: