Re: HTML Streaming
Thu, 28 Aug 1997 22:40:05 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 22:40:05 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Re: HTML Streaming

Anthony DiPasquale <> wrote:

>Until now..the HTML 4 specs say (quote) "The ability of designers to
>recommend column widths allows user agents to display table data
>incrementally (as it arrives) rather than waiting for the entire table
>before rendering."

"If the number of columns in a table is not specified by the cols attribute, 
a visual user agent may wait for the entire table to arrive before beginning 
rendering. In general waiting until the end of the table allows the number 
of columns and their widths to be determined without the need for a 
redisplay. Setting the cols attribute acts as a hint to visual user agents 
to display tables as each row is received. Authors are recommended to use 
the COL and COLGROUP elements to specify column properties rather than 
using the cols attribute."

Albert Fine