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Re: CSS2.x fixed table layout

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: 07 Oct 2002 16:00 -0700
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <fixed-table-layout@d20021007.etan.wexler>

Eric Meyer wrote to <www-style@w3.org> on 5 October 2002
in "Re: CSS2.x fixed table layout"
(<mid:v04220802b9c4f6aafb43@[192.168.1.31]>):

> >In the 'fixed' table-layout model, I would
> >expect the cell to shrink (and maybe offer
> >an overflow mechanism, for example the
> >contents runs over the table cell border,
> >or scrollbars appear). This is not what
> >happens in current browsers though.
>
>     Right.  So do we capture browser behavior
> in CSS2.1?  It seems to me that we should,
> unless there's a compelling reason to do
> otherwise.

The compelling reason to contradict current browser behavior in
the CSS2.1 specification is that we want the fixed table layout
algorithm to be strict, fast, and predictable.  We already have
automatic table layout available for those who want something
lax.

If this discrepancy were the only obstacle in the way of vendors
achieving conformance with the CSS table model, I might feel
differently.  But it's not so I don't.

-- 
Etan Wexler <mailto:ewexler@stickdog.com>
Received on Monday, 7 October 2002 17:09:35 GMT

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