Re: Specifying the width of table cells

jptxs (
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 10:55:06 -0400

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Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 10:55:06 -0400
To: "E. Stephen Mack" <>
From: jptxs <>
Subject: Re: Specifying the width of table cells
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>However, since the HTML 4.0 spec does keep the two-pass algorithm
>(and even has notes how to implement it), the big drawback to
>not letting TD and TH take a WIDTH attribute is that many existing
>tables for HTML 3.2 are no longer valid HTML 4.0 documents.

i would just like to reinforce the point made here.  i have seen
MANY documents which use tables for style and placement, and, though
this is obviously the kind of thing 4.0 is trying to move away from,
there is no reason to go pulling out rugs from people THAT quickly.

There are just too many authors who have no clue as to what kind of
HTML specs they are using, or at least no clue that it has/will soon be
changing to make a blanket change too quickly.

personally, i've been waiting for COLS for a while, and i feel they are
much more effective than WIDTH tricks.  but we can't go forgetting where
good ideas came from.........bad ones, that are still in place.