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Re: Tables and the Summary attribute

From: Jon Gibbins (dotjay) <dotjay@nov5th.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 16:09:04 +0100
Message-ID: <4332C910.8080609@nov5th.net>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Andrew Kirkpatrick wrote:

>>As a side note, not that I use tables for layout, but if you 
>>need to, I would use a blank summary attribute for layout tables.
> 
> I have a hard time agreeing with this advice.  This seems no more
> sensible than standardizing on summary="layout" (ok, it would be more
> language independent).  How about if you are using a layout table, don't
> use the summary attribute at all?

I guess you're right.

Until I refreshed my memory, I was under the impression that the title 
attribute was required by (X)HTML. I suppose I should have checked first!

However, you could argue that it's like adding a blank alt attribute. 
Sure, this would mainly be used for decorative images, which are not 
necessary these days, so I suppose it could be a null point now. 
However, you could argue that it's like saying "no, I haven't forgotten 
about the summary attribute, there's just no need for it on this table".

I guess that's just the way I do. It doesn't do any harm as far as I  am 
aware.

Jon
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