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Re: Alternate proposals for ISSUE-83

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:39:32 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Cc: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1001150038020.22353@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 14 Jan 2010, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> It also has a moderately pleasing (to me, at least) parallel with 
> <tbody>, which serves the same purpose of being an optional wrapper for 
> the body contents of the table.  Styling opportunities with <tbody> are 
> fewer due to the limitations imposed by the table formatting model, but 
> it still finds plenty of use in my CSS.  I used it just today to cleanly 
> apply a border to just the <td>s in the body of a stats table, avoiding 
> the placeholder <td> in the <thead> (serving just to take up a cell in 
> the upper-left, as the table had both row and column headers).

I think the parallel with <tbody> might be what is putting some people off 
-- <tbody> has been quite a big pain in the neck for many years, with 
weird edge cases, parsing oddities, styling difficulties, etc. I'm not 
saying we couldn't do it right, but it certainly isn't trivial.

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