Re: REQUEST TO CHANGE TABLE DTD IN HTML 4.0

Peter Flynn (pflynn@imbolc.ucc.ie)
26 Oct 1997 21:11:59 +0000 (GMT)


Date: 26 Oct 1997 21:11:59 +0000 (GMT)
From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@imbolc.ucc.ie>
In-reply-to: <199710260840.BAA14864@server.livingston.com> (message from
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-id: <199710262111.VAA08624@imbolc.ucc.ie>
Subject: Re: REQUEST TO CHANGE TABLE DTD IN HTML 4.0

   I have never seen a good argument for keeping TFOOT above TBODY.

At the time Dave R did HTML+ tables, I think the feeling was that for
compatibility with CALS we needed to do this. You've obviously never
had to download BIG tables over a slow line :-)

   This is not good enough.  This is not justification for *forcing* authors
   to place it before TBODY.  GIVE AUTHORS THE CHOICE.  

I used to disagree: I felt this was purely a rendering issue and it
was up to the browser to de the sensible thing, but as they obviously
won't, I've changed tack. For the final release of HTML Pro I have
been toying with:

<!ELEMENT TABLE  - - (CAPTION?,(col* | colgroup*),thead?,(tr* | (tbody,
               tfoot?) | (tfoot,tbody)))>

This lets you do it either way, or just use mutiple TRs.

///Peter