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Re: Smart span algorithm for table cells

From: Ben 'Cerbera' Millard <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 06:48:43 -0000
Message-ID: <00ec01c88343$f4530c70$0301a8c0@ben9xr3up2lv7v>
To: "James Graham" <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Cc: "HTMLWG" <public-html@w3.org>

James Graham wrote:
> A summary of the current iteration of the smart headers algorithm for 
> associating table cells with heading cells. The essential idea is that 
> headings only apply down/across the table as long as there are no other 
> heading with the same colspan/rowspan. The following is a summary of the 
> code at [1]; it probably contains mistakes. The writing style is very 
> inconsistent, for which I apologize :)

You've done a much better job of defining it than I could. :-)

Has this code found its way into the [Table Inspector]? That would enable 
people to review its effectiveness.

I'm keen for the alogorithm to be tested and reviewed by anyone. The more 
genuine data tables people push through it, the better idea we'll have of 
how well it supports the web. Test-based feedback can only improve this 
research-based algorithm over the coming years.

[Table Inspector] <http://james.html5.org/tables/table_inspector.html>

Ben 'Cerbera' Millard
Received on Tuesday, 11 March 2008 06:49:22 UTC

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