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Re: Review of 3.15.1. The table element

From: Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 18:15:51 +0100
Message-ID: <46CC6F47.1080803@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Mihai Sucan <mihai.sucan@gmail.com>
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>

Sorry, I rarely look at these detailed proposals, but
Mihai's might benefit by a little grammatical work :

 > "Due to historic reasons, tables are being used by Web authors for
 > designing layouts. However, this is considered bad practice and it's
 > strongly discouraged. As a conformance criteria, layout tables are
 > disallowed. Web authors must only use tables for tabular data."

->

 > "For both historical and practical reasons, tables have been used
 > (and are still used today) by Web authors to implement layouts.
 > This is, however, widely accepted to be bad practice for reasons
 > of accessibility, and is strongly discouraged. As a conformance
 > criterion, layout tables are disallowed. Web authors may use tables
 > when marking up strictly tabular data; no other usages are permitted."

Sadly I do not think that any conformance tool could reliably
identify such tables.  It may therefore be necessary to tone
down the wording to match reality.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Wednesday, 22 August 2007 17:16:12 UTC

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