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Re: <br> in tables?

From: Chris Goldie <chris@splashmedia.co.nz>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 1999 11:50:40 +1300
Message-ID: <36BE18C0.99476A01@splashmedia.co.nz>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I agree, there is nothing worse than kludging HTML to suit a browser that dosn't
meet the spec.

"T. V. Raman" wrote:

> asking content providers to put a line break in the content
> of every cell simply because lynx doesn't implement tables
> is a short-sighted hack-- let's not put such kluges in the guidelines.
> >>>>> "David" == David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net> writes:
>
>     David> this is forwarded from someone who asked me to
>     David> look into it.  Mary Otten wrote: <snipped>
>     >> Mary Otten mary`@smart.net
>     >>
>     >> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>     David> <snipped> Netscape and
>     >> Internet Explorer ignore the <br> within a table
>     >> cell.  On the other hand, the <br> will cause lynx to
>     >> put each element of a table on a separate line, thus
>     >> not rendering the table as a table at all.
>     >> Guideline: The contents of each cell in a table shall
>     >> be followed by a line break ("BR") tag.
>     >>
>     >> Explanation: Some browsers do not support tables.  In
>     >> this case, the browser renders the information from
>     >> each cell sequentially, running the information from
>     >> one cell to the next without a break.  Without any
>     >> formatting tags, the information ends up looking like
>     >> one long paragraph.  Placing a line break after the
>     >> content of each cell ensures that the contents of a
>     >> table are displayed in a readable format.  Line
>     >> breaks are recommended over paragraph breaks because
>     >> a paragraph break may throw off the spacing of the
>     >> table.
>     >>
>     >> Recommended Fix: Place a "BR" tag right before each
>     >> "/TD" tag in all tables.
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Received on Sunday, 7 February 1999 17:52:58 GMT

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