Re: Proposal: <table> as flowable text element.

Peter Flynn (pflynn@curia.ucc.ie)
07 Oct 1996 09:34:16 +0100


Date: 07 Oct 1996 09:34:16 +0100
From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
Subject: Re: Proposal: <table> as flowable text element.
To: erlkonig@origin.ea.com
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-id: <199610070834.JAA10649@curia.ucc.ie>

> We wanted to put a bunch of images on a webpage, each subtitled beneath,
> and figured we could do something like:
> 
> <p>
>     <table><tr><td><img src="p1.gif"><tr>Pic #1</table>
>     <table><tr><td><img src="p2.gif"><tr>Pic #2</table>
>     <table><tr><td><img src="p3.gif"><tr>Pic #3</table>
> <!-- an so on -->
> </p>
> 
> Only to discover that, although the size of the tables was totally
> determinable, as if they had only been <img> tags, the tables were not
> flowable as the images were.  Hence, we lost the automatic rearranging of
> our pictures and labels to fit the screen size, and were forced to
> arbitrary select a number of columns instead -- a lose.

The trick is to make the markup work for you, rather than struggle
against it.

<table><tr><td><p><img src="p1.gif"><br>Pic #1</td></tr></table>

But I have no idea if this (or your own example) is supported by the
browsers. FIG was introduced to do exactly what you want, but few
of the browser writers felt it was sufficiently important to support.

///Peter