Message-Id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 10:55:06 -0400 To: "E. Stephen Mack" <email@example.com> From: jptxs <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Specifying the width of table cells Cc: email@example.com In-Reply-To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >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tables for HTML 3.2 are no longer valid HTML 4.0 documents.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.