Re: ALIGN=decimal - question (fwd)

Jonathan L Neuenschwander (
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 10:59:42 -0500 (EST)

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From: Jonathan L Neuenschwander <>
Subject: Re: ALIGN=decimal - question (fwd)
To: (MegaZone)
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 10:59:42 -0500 (EST)
In-Reply-To: <> from "MegaZone" at Mar 26, 97 03:17:48 pm

> Once upon a time Erik van der Arend shaped the electrons to say...
> >How do you align with a decimal point ? Or what is wrong with the 
> You don't.

Uhm, yes you do.  Or rather, you will (and AT&T has nothing to do with it. :-)
Read on for the explanation.
> >code below. This code is copied from the HTML 3.0 specification
> >at
> HTML 3.0 was NEVER standard - it isa failed proposal.  This is one of the
> things lone since dead.

It's true that HTML 3.0 is dead, and has been for 18 months (expired in Sept.
95) [One of my infamous tagents here; why are publishers *still* releasing
books on it?  I've seen two with 1997 copyright dates.]

However, the table spec lives on!  The link Erik mentions above is, of course,
out of date.  The latest W3C working draft on tables can be found at:

And both Microsoft and Netscape have announced they'll support it.  IE 3.0 
already supports parts, e.g. the COLGROUP element.  I know at least part of
the spec is supported in the current Netscape Communicator beta, but I'm not
sure if all it there.

Going back to Erik's question, the draft reads;


This is used to specify an alignment character for use with align=char, 
e.g. char=":". The default character is the decimal point for the current 
language, as set by the LANG attribute. The CHAR attribute value is case 

For those who can make sense of such thing (I'm not one of them, unfortunately)
here's the associated DTD fragment:

<!-- horizontal alignment attributes for cell contents -->
<!ENTITY % cell.halign
        "align  (left|center|right|justify|char) #IMPLIED
         char    CDATA   #IMPLIED -- alignment char, e.g. char=':' --
         charoff CDATA   #IMPLIED -- offset for alignment char --"

As I remember your code Erik, I believe your syntax was correct. I'll have to 
go back to your original example. I imagine though your problem is that your 
browser simply doesn't support it.

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