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HTML 5 suggestion for TABLE element

From: Dahal, Biswa <biswa-dahal@uiowa.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:01:09 -0500
To: "'public-html-comments@w3.org'" <public-html-comments@w3.org>, "'whatwg@whatwg.org'" <whatwg@whatwg.org>
Message-ID: <D24E39EF5D07D946B1BC32B96DA236DE4113D728E2@IOWAEVS09.iowa.uiowa.edu>

I am a developer and as I was going through the draft for HTML 5 at: http://dev.w3.org/html5/html-author/#tabular-data, I could not find a common use-case that should be supported.

My recommendation is to add an attribute "scroll: scolling (default) | fixed" in <thead> and <tfoot> to allow them to be fixed (non scrolling headers / footers ). This is currently performed through CSS hacks and is not consistent across browser implementations.  Example CSS implementation: http://www.ssi-developer.net/css/non-scrolling-table-hdr.shtml to understand the effect. Alternatively, you can open Excel and use "freeze panes" to view the effect.

Please let me know if you acknowledge this.

Software Developer
Received on Thursday, 11 June 2009 06:30:13 GMT

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