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HTML 4.01 Erratum/Clarification: conditions for incremental table rendering

From: Hugh Greene <hgreene@netphysic.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 11:01:03 +0100
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Hi there,

I was trying to explain to someone what conditions are suggested by the 
HTML 4(.01) spec to allow tables to be rendered incrementally, when I 
discovered that the existing text is slightly confusing.

The last paragraph of the first section under 11.2.1 says

   ... a user agent may render a table in a single pass when the column
   widths are specified using a combination of COLGROUP and COL
   elements.  If any of the columns are specified in relative or
   percentage terms (see the section on calculating the width of
   columns [p.122]), authors must also specify the width of the table

The referenced page 122 says column widths can be Fixed, Percentage or 
Proportional.  The confusions are that (a) "relative" presumably means 
"Proportional", but it's not clear; and (b) the text on this page (and 123) 
says that you only need to specify the table width for Proportional, not 
for Percentage.

I don't see anything in the existing Errata about this, so I thought I'd 
submit it.

Hugh Greene
NetPhysic Ltd.
Received on Monday, 13 August 2001 06:02:44 UTC

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