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From: Yuu Morita <VET06031@nifty.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 00:35:06 +0900
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Dear all,

I just wonder what I should describe in the SUMMARY attribute of TABLE tag, when I intend to use the table for just controlling the
layout of the page. In other words, I'm not sure the way SUMMARY attributes are used on a page like, say, <http://www.w3.org/> --
see below source code description -- is appropriate (or at least not the originally intended -- and thus recommended -- one).

<table summary="Layout table: The first cell contains a navigation bar of W3C technologies, the second contains news, and the third
another navigation bar of W3C pages." border="0" width="99%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10">

(IMHO, the attributes are NOT used to indicate the content of the relevant table, but are used to explain how the page -- and its
elements -- is placed inside that table.)

Thus, it thinks it would be desirable to have another option in SUMMARY attribute's value, namely "Layout table" or something like
that. The "Layout table" value would indicate that the table it is used just for layout purpose -- contrary to the originally
intended role as table --, and when UAs (browsers) encounter this value, they deal that table just as one being used for page

I'd like to know whether my thinking like above is reasonable or not.
Please let me know your opinions.

Best regards,
Yuu Morita
Received on Wednesday, 18 July 2001 11:35:16 UTC

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