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HTML 4.01 Specification seems to have a Table variable just not there

From: scsijon <scsijon@net2000.com.au>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 15:44:33 +1100
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To: www-html-editor@w3.org

To whom it may concern:

Firstly, I apologize if this is the wrong place to send it, but I 
can't seem to find anywhere else that makes sense.

I believe I have found an omission in the HTML 4.01 specification.

Using your current spec (HTML40.pdf) from the W3 website,
         I refer to page 113,
         the section is 11.2.1 titled The Table Element as a subpart 
of the Body statement
         I refer to the section Attributes under this

In this you show (at the bottom of the page) an attribute of "width", 
however, at no place is there an equivalent "height" attribute.

Width is defined as:
This attribute specifies the desired width of the entire table and is 
intended for visual user agents. When ......

It is my proposal that there be a similar height attribute.
This attribute specifies the desired height of the entire table and 
is intended for visual user agents. When ......
The reason for this is to provide a cutoff for any background 
attribute for the parent <body background="" attribute when displayed 
on a browser.

I show an example for your perusal, hoping that it gives you my 
intention. it is not a complete file, just a relevant section with 
the added attribute.
<body background="images/brown_bg.gif" bgcolor="#e1d2be" 
link="#0000ff"                                  vlink="#800080" 
alink="#ff0000" leftmargin="0" topmargin="0">
<table border=0 width=800 height=780 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>


The brown_bg.gif is to be the security level "watermark" for the page 
and consists of brown pannels at the left and right sides of the page.

currently the absence of a height attribute causes the image to be 
shown down the full "page" past the last <tr> <td> .... <img 
src="image" ...> </td> </tr> 's area. This is messy and makes the 
page look quite unprofessional.

A simple explanation of the above statements that may be relevant to 
your group would be to have:

brown panels equalling a first writeup
         - thoughts written down
blue panels equalling a work in progress
         - were working on this, it WILL change and grow
red panels equalling a internal rfc
         - has anyone in the group got a problem with anything in this
green panels equalling a external rfc
         - has anyone in any group got a problem in this
orange panels equalling submission for approval
         - this is what we think the final writeup of the 
specification will look like, can we have
                 release authorization please
yellow panels equalling a superceded specification
         - this specification has been updated, check the latest 
release as things may have changed
and no (or totally white) panels equalling an authorized specification
         - this is the currently released and authorized specification.

I hope this explains my meaning and await your response.

Thank you for your time,

Jon Wicks
Received on Thursday, 12 January 2006 11:10:55 UTC

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