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Re: Tag / element question

From: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 23:58:16 -0400
Message-ID: <abd6c801040918205812a3a4e8@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-html@w3.org

Two things.

a) thead and tfoot aren't for column and row header or labeling
information explicitly. They just get used that way. Simply put thead
and tfoot are just used for replication and don't really have any
semantic information beyond that.

b) HTML tables aren't very semantic in structure. As I see it we have
labels (th) and data (td), but no function or aggregation (tf or ta)
(though you only need one and function is probably a better choice).

I would propose a lot of changes need to be made to really bring HTML
tables into their own. I think they need a lot more capacity for
semantic information and a structure that's less focused on

Orion Adrian

On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 05:24:01 +1000, Trejkaz Xaoza <trejkaz@xaoza.net> wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 04:32, you wrote:
> > a) we may need th-like behavior outside of the first rows of a table, for
> >     instance in the first column. Yeah, ok, but we should be able to
> > express that with a second thead, to be displayed vertically before the
> > tbody. Unfortunately, it's not possible today.
> Either that, or the "first column" semantics could be at the column level
> somehow, i.e. on the <col/> tags.  <th> must be just for standalone headers
> in the middle of the table.
> TX
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