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Re: table, cell, heading, leader, trailer, header, footer, runner, TABLE, THEAD, TFOOT, part of my review of 3.15 Tabular data

From: Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 23:22:26 +1000
Message-ID: <5f37426b0708170622n14de9c09j440d7057a5195142@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Karl Dubost" <karl@w3.org>
Cc: "Robert Burns" <rob@robburns.com>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
I think there's still some value considering this in HTML. Taking a
leaf from spreadsheet apps, how useful do people find the option to
"freeze" rows and columns? The HTML 4.01 spec alludes to this being
possibility with thead/tfoot, but I've not seen it implemented
(somebody probably has managed it, somewhere, maybe with CSS? Well,
there's google spreadsheets I guess.)

Of course, redesigning tables to be simpler is always useful too :)


On 8/17/07, Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org> wrote:
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> Robert Burns (17 août 2007 - 15:57) :
> > Actually, for those tables, I was saying that able-bodied users
> > would have trouble consuming those tables. I find them almost
> > unusable. I do tend to magnify the text a bit for slight visual
> > impairment compensation, but even at their default size they're
> > very tedious to follow. On my laptops 1280x854 pixel display  these
> > tables require that I pan 300% or or more horizontally and 10-fold
> > vertically to keep to visually associate the headers with the data
> > cells. I would probably be better off using an aural browser unless
> > fixed THEAD/TFOOT and scrolling bodies were implemented. So for me
> > I'd say:
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> These are good comments but illustrate a design choice.
> I'm pretty sure we could improve the layout of the table.
> thead and tfoot are implementable with CSS. So it's really a question
> of choices in matter of design more than the technology itself.
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> I guess I just gave me an action item to improve the layout of wbs.
> I'll have to check that with Dominique.
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