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Re: [Fwd: Table for layout]

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 09:24:00 -0400
Message-ID: <398037F0.90B134F@w3.org>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
CC: site-comments@w3.org
Dan Connolly wrote:
> Could we please have a little disclaimer/note about why we
> used tables for layout on the home page?

Does my message to site-comments on this topic count [1]?

> I think that calling us "hypocritical" is unfair. I am not
> excited about using a table for layout, believe me. Our
> experiments with trying to design a page that used floats
> and worked across different browsers on different platforms
> failed. We debated whether we wanted to use floats and take
> a stand to promote support for specifications, or to use a 
> table and ensure that the page linearized well 
> (as recommended by the Web Content Accessibility 
> Guidelines [1]). We chose the table as a practical, not purist
> solution. 
> One of the reasons we created this list was to get feedback
> on how to improve our design, and in particular, how to get
> rid of the table. We hope that people will contribute ideas
> and that this archive will allow other people to learn about
> designs that "do the right thing": provide visually appealing
> solutions that adhere to specifications and meet the needs
> of all users.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/site-comments/2000Jul/0040.html
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