Re: THEAD & TFOOT for columns

Neil St.Laurent (neil@bigpic.com)
Thu, 14 Aug 1997 12:04:01 -0600


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From: "Neil St.Laurent" <neil@bigpic.com>
To: Jeni Tennison <jft@Psychology.Nottingham.AC.UK>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 12:04:01 -0600
CC: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: THEAD & TFOOT for columns

> The renderer would first assign space to the COLHEAD and COLFOOT columns,
> before  assigning the remaining horizontal space to the rest of the
> columns.  If the COLHEAD and COLFOOT together gave a width that was wider
> than the screen, this should be dealt with as it would deal with THEAD and
> TFOOT being taller than the screen height (however that is?!)..
> What do y'all think?

I think it's a great idea.  More importantly however it points out 
one fundamental flaw with HTML.  Nothing in the language was meant 
for horizontal scrolling, you can look all over the place in the 
language to find errors if horizontal scrolling is required.

HTML as far as I can tell was designed for Portrait layout and 
pretty much lacks any capacity to do landscape layout.  Note the lack 
of columns of text, no floating objects top/bottom, and some more.

I'd love to see something capable of expressing a horizontal format, 
unfortunately CSS-1 isn't able to do so either...
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