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[Bug 15100] New: § 4.9 Today, right-aligning a numeric table column is much more work than it should be. Most browsers honor the alignment specified for the col element, but Mozilla seems to have drawn a line in the sand, claiming the HTML standard and the CSS standard c

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Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:11:11 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=15100

           Summary: § 4.9 Today, right-aligning a numeric table column is
                    much more work than it should be. Most browsers honor
                    the alignment specified for the col element, but
                    Mozilla seems to have drawn a line in the sand,
                    claiming the HTML standard and the CSS standard c
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/
Multipage: http://www.whatwg.org/C#top
Complete: http://www.whatwg.org/c#top

Comment:
§ 4.9

Today, right-aligning a numeric table column is much more work than it should
be.

Most browsers honor the alignment specified for the col element, but Mozilla
seems to have drawn a line in the sand, claiming the HTML standard and the CSS
standard conflict, leaving bug 915 unfixed for 13 years (and presumably
forever).

This means the best we can currently do, cross-browser, is to add a class to
every numeric td element (in environments where the CSS is modifiable) or add
alignment styling to each numeric td element, crazily bloating the size of
large tables either way.

One possible solution to the problem could just be the introduction of a tn
(table numeric datum) element, with the expectation that the content be
right-aligned. This makes cross-browser tables with a great deal of numeric
data much smaller, and has the potential of allowing Mozilla & lightweight &
mobile browsers (that have trouble rendering cells that inherit style from two
parents) a simpler way to display tables using pure markup.

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