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Re: [CSS21] Concern about anonymous table objects and whitespace

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:01:51 -0500
Message-ID: <4978C29F.8040101@mit.edu>
To: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
CC: www-style@w3.org

Boris Zbarsky wrote:
>>> Interoperability on this section is already quite poor, so making
>>> this change might actually get us to CR faster.
>>
>> The examples above actually work fine.
> 
> Yes, any simple example works fine.  Want me to write you some slightly 
> more complicated ones that don't?  My very first attempt over here with 
> "white-space:pre" wasn't interoperable between Opera, Gecko, and Webkit 
> (Opera did one thing, the others did something else), to say nothing of IE.

Oh, and the very example I cited in my previous mail:

    <div style="display: table-row">
      <span>AAA</span>
      <span>BBB</span>
    </div>

without any white-space involved is not interoperable in Gecko, Webkit 
and Opera, as I said.  "Interoperability is quite poor" doesn't mean 
that one can't find markup that would be interoperable.  It just means 
that you have to try pretty hard to avoid markup that is not.

Thinking about your use case some more, what if we allowed inference of 
table rows between tables and cells, say, but didn't show any 
non-table-related anything that's a direct child of a table, 
table-row-group, or table-row?  Would that cover enough of the use 
cases?  It would certainly cover both of yours.

As far as that goes, we could also require that any table-row, 
table-row-group, or table-cell needs to have a table somewhere around 
it.  That would still cover your use cases, but be significantly simpler.

-Boris
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