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Re: Layout versus data tables proposal for null summary attribute

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 20:44:18 +0100
Message-ID: <412F8F12.6090306@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
CC: 'Wendy Chisholm' <wendy@w3.org>

But then you may as well revert back to adding alt="decorative image" to 
images, instead of alt="".

Correct me if I'm misunderstanding the fundamental issue here, but: 
ideally, authors should not be using layout tables anymore, just as they 
shouldn't really be using images (in the HTML markup) for decoration, as 
both these things can now be adequately handled by CSS. The discussion 
about summary="", just as alt="", is - in my mind - really just about 
finding an interim solution for those situations in which tables are 
still used for a purpose that was not originally intended for them.


Kerstin Goldsmith wrote:

> what about something like SUMMARY="layout" and ALT="decor"?  that shows 
> intention .....

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