Re: HTML 3.2 and TABLE ALIGN attribute

Arnoud (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 22:21:31 +0100

From: (Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet)
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 and TABLE ALIGN attribute
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 22:21:31 +0100
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In article <>,
Markku Savela <> wrote:
> 1) As defined (LEFT, RIGHT, CENTER) the defition is very much useless,
>    because those effects can easily achieved by use of DIV (and even

In the current model, TABLE is a block-level element, and so 
deserves its own ALIGN attribute. [0]

>    with <P ALIGN ..> too, because, IMHO table should never have been
>    defined as block element, you should be able to have it inline).

But then it would be possible to have block-level elements inside
a text-level element (for example, H1 is permitted inside TD). This
would confuse the hell out of non-table supporting browsers.

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

Given the current values, what problem is there? If you CENTER a
table, it will come up in the center. If the alignment is left or
right, the text can flow around it. 

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

And it's STILL broken for ALIGN=CENTER.

[0] This begs the question why block elements like UL or ADDRESS
don't have it...

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

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