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Re: Layout tables

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 16:29:15 -0800
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To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
At 05:39 PM 3/8/01 -0500, Al Gilman wrote:
>If we can't allow an author to structure their work by defining the layout 
>structure first, then populating it with content for the
>layout regions, and then answering a few questions that clarify points 
>required for non-graphical interpretation of the contents, I expect we are 
>in trouble.

I'll drink to that! In fact that may be how most pages are built. We seem 
to be stuck on the idea that there are *real* tables and then there are 
layout tables, when in fact the former are merely an almost trivial case of 
the latter which, to most people with nerdlessness is what tables *really* 
are. So-called data tables in that view are simply one way to depict 
"stuff" which may or may not have the old row/column relationship. Just as 
spread sheets are used for a lot of unrelated to the usual, so tables are a 
conceptual entity usually described visually - but not necessarily so.

One of the reasons for eschewing "layout tables" (dumb access systems) 
probably isn't all that big a deal any more?

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