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Re: table headers - clear description of problem

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 15:30:45 +0100
Message-ID: <48B80815.407@cfit.ie>
To: Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>
Cc: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>

Gez Lemon wrote:
>> Why not mark all the header cells as <th> and enable hierarchical headers by
>> allowing a <th> cell to point to another <th> using the headers attribute?
> 
> At the moment, nested headers aren't allowed. If the spec is changed
> so that they are allowed, I wouldn't want header elements in the
> middle of a data table, as the header wouldn't apply to the row or
> column it's in, but a conceptual header for the cells that reference
> it. Allowing the headers attribute to reference a td is logical,
> simple, and it works in current implementations.

I agree. I think the conceptual headers approach means that we can still 
use *pure* headers as they were intended and allow td cells to reference 
others so they can behave like headers as needed.

Cheers

Josh
Received on Friday, 29 August 2008 14:31:39 GMT

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