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[Bug 12939] New: The <COL> group used to be defined as a very useful to represent tabular data. Among the various things needed for tabular data perusing is the data alignment. In v4.01 there is an "align" and a "char" attribute that make the <COL> attribute very useful t

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Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 08:43:33 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12939

           Summary: The <COL> group used to be defined as a very useful to
                    represent tabular data. Among the various things
                    needed for tabular data perusing is the data
                    alignment. In v4.01 there is an "align" and a "char"
                    attribute that make the <COL> attribute very useful t
           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/
Section: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top

Comment:
The <COL> group used to be defined as a very useful to represent tabular data.

Among the various things needed for tabular data perusing is the data
alignment.

In v4.01 there is an "align" and a "char" attribute that make the <COL>
attribute very useful to programmers, even if only implemented in MS IE. In
this way a programmer defines the column rendering stuff *once and before* the
data itself gets generated.

Now in v5-draft there's nothing at all, only standard attributes and the span.

In my opinion, the <COL> tags makes very little sense, if any, without the
rendering attributes.

In absence of the rendering attributes in the COL tag, the rendering
instructions need to be repeated on a per table cell basis, thus creating HTML
bloat, useless extra complexity in the document and, finally, a major penalty
in the rendering effectiveness.


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