Re: The Netscape / Microsoft / Future Quagmire

Subir Grewal (grewals@acf2.NYU.EDU)
Fri, 18 Oct 1996 00:27:00 -0400 (EDT)


Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 00:27:00 -0400 (EDT)
From: Subir Grewal <grewals@acf2.NYU.EDU>
To: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
Cc: "Jason O'Brien" <jaobrien@fttnet.com>, "'www'" <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: RE: The Netscape / Microsoft / Future Quagmire
In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.3.95.961017191904.25828A-100000@ns.viet.net>
Message-Id: <Pine.ULT.3.95.961018001815.11526D-100000@acf2.NYU.EDU>

On Thu, 17 Oct 1996, Benjamin Franz wrote:

:I write to a subset of the 3.2 DTD + CSS1 stylesheets. My documents reach
:over 98% of people (I use JPEGs and TABLEs - else it would be 99.9%+ -
:lynx really needs to implement TABLE...). Do my pages look *best* on NS3.0

<URL:http://www.access.digex.net/~asgilman/lynx/FAQ/Als_picks.html> is a
"Lynx FAQ" which contains information on why Lynx doesn't implement tables
"fully".  Fote will get to this and will correct if I go wrong here.  The
short answers are.  Lynx implements tables but can't do very much with
them.  This is because in most cases it's restricted to 80 column width
(can't have horizontal scrolling w/o many problems), it would require
multiple passes through the TABLE markup to set column width etc.
Currently Lynx breaks at every new row and inserts a space between every
table cell.  A lot of people have thought of "implementing" tables in
Lynx, almost everyone has backed off as soon as they found out how much
work it would take.  I don't know how useful it is anyway since people
appear to be using tables to do some really weird things (including making
columns, "photo-galleries" and other assorted confuse-ments).  Of course
this doesn't mean Lynx shouldn't be able to do something better with
tables.  And for general reference, Lynx implements all of the HTML 3.0
and 3.2 DTDs, all of HTTP 1.0 and portions of HTTP 1.1 (getting to full
HTTP 1.1 compliance).

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