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Re: [wcag2] Layout tables

From: Maurizio Boscarol <maurizio@usabile.it>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 16:08:40 +0200
Message-ID: <40813A68.8000503@usabile.it>
To: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Cc: W3C WAI <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Jens Meiert wrote:

> I suggest to 'ban' tables for other than data purposes (since it's 
> /never/
> necessary to 'use a table for layout'), and we should instead focus on 
> how
> authors will cope with this and provide additional assistance in how 
> to use
> e.g. CSS positioning mechanism (sort of 'WAI toolbox').

Can anyone explain to me what kind of  handicap layout tables are for 
people using website with any technology we can imagine?

I agree that layout tables are markup errors. But I haven't been able to 
find a single case when layout table are really a problem, if the author 
include inside anchor and skip to content features. Maybe someone can 
point out a real-life problem in using layout table.

By the way, I'm used to design table-less. But it seems to me rather 
convenient for the designer (simpler coding), not really for the user. 
I'd like to share this thinking with you. Thanks for any opinion.

Maurizio Boscarol
Received on Saturday, 17 April 2004 10:08:41 UTC

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