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<table> terse mode for data entry

From: Dailey, David P. <david.dailey@sru.edu>
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 08:26:18 -0400
Message-ID: <1835D662B263BC4E864A7CFAB2FEEB3D258BB6@msfexch01.srunet.sruad.edu>
To: "Dailey, David P." <david.dailey@sru.edu>, <public-html@w3.org>

A student of mine recommends the following. It makes sense to me. Maybe it will to someone else. Since most tables have both rows and columns, the tree analogy in HTML is a bit inaccurate (as a mathematical model) to begin with. This would save a lot of keystrokes for authors both clientside and serverside, it seems.
 
David
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Table delimiters.
It seems to me to be fairly simple to implement and would have many practical uses.
For example:
<table rowdelimiter='|' coldelimiter=','> 
    1,2,3,4,5|2,3,4,5,6|4,5,6,7,8|
</table
or 
<table type='csv'>
    1,2,3,4,5
    2,3,4,5,6
    4,5,6,7,8
</table

would render a table much easier than specifing each cell and row. 
This would make importing data from other applications much easier as
no to little formatting would have to occur. possibly something like this could be used.
<table type='csv' src='data.csv' /> 
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Chris@tuesdaybegins.com
Received on Sunday, 8 April 2007 12:26:14 GMT

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