Re: ALIGN=decimal - question.

Jonathan L Neuenschwander (
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 11:40:09 -0500 (EST)

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From: Jonathan L Neuenschwander <>
Subject: Re: ALIGN=decimal - question.
To: (Erik van der Arend)
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 11:40:09 -0500 (EST)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Erik van der Arend" at Mar 26, 97 12:29:06 pm

> How do you align with a decimal point ? Or what is wrong with the 
> code below. This code is copied from the HTML 3.0 specification
> at
> I'm using Netscape 3.0 and I got the screen-output:
As other have pointed out, HTML 3.0 died a year and a half ago.  However, the
tables work is continuing on.  The working draft is at:

And both Netscape and Microsoft have announced that they intend to support it.

From that document, it looks to me like your example should read:

<tr align=char char=":">
<!-- I'm not real good at reading SGML DTDs, but it looks like 
     align=":" should work?-->
     name: <input name="name" size=18><br>
     card number: <input name="cardnum" size=18><br>
     expires: <input name="expires-month" size=2> /
     <input name="expires-year" size=2><br>
     telephone:<input name="phone" size=18><br>
Like I said, Netscape and Microsoft have said they both intend to support it,
meaning they don't yet.  At least not fully.  I tried the above with both
Netscape Navigator 4.0b2 and Microsoft IE 3.02, and both just left-justified
the text. (Maybe I misinterpreted the draft?)

In the meantime, may I suggest the following workaround:

<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
  <td align=right>name: </td>
  <td align=left><input name="name" size=18>
  <td align=right>card number: </td> 
  <td align=left><input name="cardnum" size=18></td>
  <td align=right>expires: </td>
  <td align=left><input name="expires-month" size=2> /
    <input name="expires-year" size=2></td>
  <td align=right>telephone: </td>
  <td align=left><input name="phone" size=18></td>

Hope this is helpful,

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