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Re: Layout versus data tables proposal for null summary attribute

From: Kerstin Goldsmith <kerstin.goldsmith@oracle.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 14:27:59 -0700
Message-ID: <412FA75F.4030500@oracle.com>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, "'Wendy Chisholm'" <wendy@w3.org>

people using tables for layout is not going to go away any time soon ... 
also, I am not in favour of banning approaches -- in favor of "if this 
method, then this desired result," or "if this technology, then this 
desired result, with these possible approaches for attaining said 
result, with the understanding that these approaches are not the only 
possible solutions ....."

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> 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.
> Patrick
> Kerstin Goldsmith wrote:
>> what about something like SUMMARY="layout" and ALT="decor"?  that 
>> shows intention .....
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