HTML 3.2 and TABLE ALIGN attribute

Markku Savela (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 12:43:06 +0200 (EET)

Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 12:43:06 +0200 (EET)
From: Markku Savela <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: HTML 3.2 and TABLE ALIGN attribute

(Is this list alive even? Last message at w3c archive is from October
last year..)

Anyways, how did the definition of the TABLE ALIGN attribute slip by
everyone into 3.2 description (Jan 97 version).

1) As defined (LEFT, RIGHT, CENTER) the defition is very much useless,
   because those effects can easily achieved by use of DIV (and even
   with <P ALIGN ..> too, because, IMHO table should never have been
   defined as block element, you should be able to have it inline).

2) table ALIGN attribute (and the whole table in general) is much more
   meaningfull, if it is interpreted the same way as the IMG.

The NS treats ALIGN already this way in respect to LEFT/RIGHT (text
flows around table).

Markku Savela (,     Technical Research Centre of Finland
Multimedia Systems, P.O.Box 1203,FIN-02044 VTT,