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From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 1999 17:17:02 -0500 (EST)
To: Wendy A Chisholm <chisholm@trace.wisc.edu>
cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.04.9902081714380.7435-100000@tux.w3.org>
Simple tables cause simple problems. The simple solution is to avoid
saying, anywhere, anytime 'use tables for layout'. It is a bad thing.
People will still do it, and people need to be able to use tables for
tabular information, so solutions are still necessary. But we are
currently giving a mixed message by encouraging people to use simple

Charles McCathieNevile

On Mon, 8 Feb 1999, Wendy A Chisholm wrote:

  3. In A.6 ("Indicate structure with structural elements, and control
  presentation with presentation elements and style sheets.") rewrite A.6.4
  to read:
  Where possible, use a markup language to mark up content rather than using
  images.  For example, use MathML to mark up mathematical equations, and
  Cascading Style Sheets to create text formatting and control layout.
  [Priority 2]
  Note.  Since new markup languages are evolving it will take some time for
  the browsers to be released as well as time for users to adopt the new
  browsers.  Therefore, until a majority of browsers in use support new
  languages, simple tables (to control layout) and bitmap text with alt-text
  (for special text effects, including mathematical equations) may be used.
  Where necessary, provide an alternative page to ensure that the information
  is accessible.  (See also A.9 and A.14).

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