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Re: Bug 8404 -- taking it to the lists

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:51:44 -0600
Message-ID: <dd0fbad0912020851k1fd512f0t5455fb3173e7c978@mail.gmail.com>
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Cc: Jeroen van der Gun <noreplytopreventspam@blijbol.nl>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>
On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 9:56 AM, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com> wrote:
> We're just now getting people to stop abusing HTML tables for layout,
> and now we want to encourage people to abuse HTML tables for
> illustration purposes?

Yes, because it's not abuse.  It's still tabular data.  Nothing about
<table> says that you should only use if it's *real* data.  Data is
data is data, whether for illustrative purposes or what-have-you.

Are you still suggesting that a better alternative is to screenshot
the table and insert the image into your page as a <figure> instead?
That is, in my opinion, ludicrous.  What would you put as the
alt-text?  What could possibly be a more appropriate description of
the table *than the table itself*?

Received on Wednesday, 2 December 2009 16:52:18 UTC

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