Re: Tables and Charts

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Fri, 7 Jul 1995 07:59:56 -0400 (EDT)


From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Message-Id: <199507071159.HAA23727@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: Tables and Charts
To: C.J.Tilbury@estate.warwick.ac.uk (Chris Tilbury)
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 1995 07:59:56 -0400 (EDT)
Cc: www-html@www10.w3.org
In-Reply-To: <3DA4F754E9@forest.estate.warwick.ac.uk> from "Chris Tilbury" at Jul 7, 95 09:39:53 am

> The precise 
> rendering of that data is really not a content issue, which the HTML 
> markup describes, but a presentation issue, which should be managed 
> not in the markup, but in style sheets.

I like your way of looking at it.  Here's another way: techncially 
speaking HTML already supports charts.  The IMG and FIG attributes could
easily point to an Excel or Harvard Graphics chart file.  The real problem
is not in HTML, it is in the non-existance of a widely used chart 
data format.  The best place to attack the problem, then, is to standardized
a separate chart data type independant of the HTML standard and get 
browser vendors to support it.  While you are at it you might want 
to standardize a vector drawing format.

cil.org is struggling with the same questions of format standardization. 
w3.org might want to work with them to address these issues.  Or the 
cil.org formats might become defacto cross-platform standards.

 Paul Prescod