table usage (was Re: text on graphics?)

Walter Ian Kaye (
Sat, 11 May 1996 01:59:58 -0700

Message-Id: <v02140b03adba049cd4fb@[]>
Date: Sat, 11 May 1996 01:59:58 -0700
From: (Walter Ian Kaye)
Subject: table usage (was Re: text on graphics?)

At 5:09a 05/11/96, Abigail wrote:
>Most of the time, <table> is just used to layout the web page. This
>works quite well when using a graphical browser. However, if the
>user (= reader) does something the developer (= author) has never
>dreamed off (say, using a sound browser), things can lead to sillyness.
><table>s were designed for tabular data.  If they are misused to force
>a graphical layout, one limits his/her audience.

If "<table>s were designed for tabular data", then ROWSPAN and COLSPAN
would not be allowed. These attributes are in direct contradiction to
your view of what is "appropriate" for <table>s. Do you favor deprecation
of these attributes?


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