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RE: Table Questions

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 15:20:36 +0100
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> Second, what exactly defines a "data table"?  For instance, how 
> does a data
> table differentiate itself from a "layout table" that has a header
> graphic in the first row, navigation in the second, and content in
> the 
> third.  Could
> the first cell holding the header graphic be correctly labeled as a
> table header (<th>)?  (What would be great is a test or syllogism
> of some sort which would help me clearly define data tables.)

You could be a pedant and argue that since the contents of each cell
of a table used for layout is data of some sort or other it would
indeed count as a "data table".

A good rule of thumb for whether something is a "data table" or not
is to ask yourself if you would use a table for it if you were using
pen and paper to display the document.

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