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RE: HTML Table Markup

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 10:55:05 -0400
Message-ID: <CCDBDCBFA650F74AA88830D4BACDBAB504FBD6@wdcrobe2m02.ed.gov>
To: "Chris Ridpath" <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> Please take a look and speak up if you'd like change.


> The consensus reached was that TH elements would be used to determine table type.

I strongly disagree that this was the consensus!

> Data tables must use TH elements. Layout tables cannot use TH elements.

The above rule _could_ only be applied AFTER the table type has been determined.
As a _method_ for determining table type it is far too simple.

I prefer the standing definition Alastair reminded the IG list about.*

The problem is that the proposed required remedy (inserting a header row) for very simple data tables (e.g., three rows of names and phone numbers) is kind of intrusive.

Is this level of required intrusiveness acceptable?
Or do we tweak the definition of data table to only really apply when there are MORE than three rows AND columns?

* http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/#tabular-information
<dt>Tabular information</dt>
<dd>When tables are used to represent logical relationships among data -- text, numbers, images, etc., that information is called <q>tabular information</q> and the tables are called <q>data tables</q>.</dd>
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