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Re: Layout versus data tables proposal for null summary attribute

From: Alastair Campbell <ac@nomensa.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 18:12:52 +0100
Message-ID: <41360314.9060702@nomensa.com>
To: lois@lois.co.uk
CC: WAI list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Lois Wakeman wrote:
> I have a radical solution (flame throwers ready guys?). Why not propose a
new element for XHTML n.n, called grid?

Any new element for XHTML (even a module) would take a great deal of 
time to become a recommendation, and *then* to be supported by browsers.

It would be quicker, easier and better for the current standards 
supported by browsers (or rather, the majority browser) and tools, which 
would solve the main problems.

Plonking content into a well known and tested CSS layout (in, for 
example dreamweaver) shouldn't be any harder than using tables. The main 
difference at the moment is browser and tool support.

I'm really not sure why grid layout comes into this? Defining a grid is 
rarely a problem with either, it's making curves that's tricky!

It took a few years for tables to be handled well by the tools, IMHO the 
best course is allow/help the tools to catch up with the CSS methods.

The worst case is that CSS supports table like layout, which is already 
happening:
http://www.456bereastreet.com/lab/equal_height_ii/
(View in a standards based browser)

-Alastair

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