Re: TABLE and IFRAME

Alex Stewart (riche@crl.com)
Wed, 04 Mar 1998 18:03:42 -0500


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Date: Wed, 04 Mar 1998 18:03:42 -0500
From: Alex Stewart <riche@crl.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: TABLE and IFRAME

nir dagan wrote:
> 1. The TFOOT element must come before the TBODY. The motivation is
> faster rendering.

I agree this is a problem, but I would even go one step further.

Frankly, this type of decision has no place in a DTD to begin with. 
Whether one uses TFOOT before or after TBODY and the rendering-speed
ramifications are a decision for the HTML author, not for some arbitrary
and unnecessary (and even unjustified) restrictions in the HTML spec.

Frankly, considering most current (and likely future) web browsers read
the entire HTML contents of a table before rendering it _anyway_, the
motivation for this restriction isn't even valid, as there would be no
real rendering-speed benefits in most cases anyway.

The order of TBODY and TFOOT should be up to the HTML content author to
decide.

-alex