W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-gl@w3.org > January to March 2001

Re: Layout tables

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 09:29:30 -0500 (EST)
To: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
cc: Marti <marti@agassa.com>, <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>, Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0103090927090.28413-100000@tux.w3.org>
If we don't bother our pretty little heads about what actually works now then
we are doing people a disservice - telling them "just wait until the world is
perfect". Most of them have waited long enough.

On the other hand, if we don't understand where the technology is going, and
how we expect the future to be, then we are doing people a disservice -
telling them "this will work for now, but when things change you will be left
behind (again)".

We actually need to cover both parts.


On Fri, 9 Mar 2001, William Loughborough wrote:

  At 04:49 AM 3/9/01 -0500, Marti wrote:
  >To get anywhere we need to get people DOING IT, for that we need a clear
  >path and some good rationale for changing methods that 'always worked before'.

  This is what I was trying to say but much more *real-world*!

  In the final analysis I believe (*strongly*?) that this is far more in the
  purview of EO than GL - sort of "GL propose - EO dispose". If the charter
  says elsewise, it's just wrong.

  If we bother our pretty little heads about whether CSS is well-supported or
  that tables are being used for layout (or that people still use <font>,
  etc., etc., etc., etc.) then we can not do the necessarily
  forward-compatible stuff that's at the heart of making new

  Please some chairperson declare this entire avenue (at least for GL) a



Charles McCathieNevile    http://www.w3.org/People/Charles  phone: +61 409 134 136
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative     http://www.w3.org/WAI    fax: +1 617 258 5999
Location: I-cubed, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
(or W3C INRIA, Route des Lucioles, BP 93, 06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France)
Received on Friday, 9 March 2001 09:29:53 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:33:36 UTC