# Re: min-width and max-width on <table>

Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:44:37 -0800
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
```Hi David,

Thank you for the response!

> Tables have a layout algorithm for distributing width among columns
> that's only defined for widths that are at least the minimum
> intrinsic width of the table. Because of this, max-width shouldn't
> be allowed to force the width below the table's intrinsic minimum
> width, at least until somebody has a reasonable proposal for how to
> extend the width distribution algorithm.

Agreed. I've sketched out the following pseudocode for the table width
calculation based on that point and my observations. Both Firefox and
Opera appear to exhibit this behavior. This calculation would occur after
the the table's min intrinsic width and max intrinsic width has been
calculated from its columns. "computed width" is the table's computed
width.

--- Table Width Calculation ---

computed width = max intrinsic width

if (css width is set)
computed width = css width

if (css max-width is set)
computed width = min(computed width, css max-width)

if (css min-width is set)
computed width = max(computed width, css min-width)

computed width = max(computed width, min intrinsic width)

Thanks,
Max

On 1/11/12 2:42 PM, "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org> wrote:

>On Friday 2012-01-06 15:44 -0800, Max Vujovic wrote:
>> As a web developer, I would expect min-width and max-width to work on
>>the
>> table tag like any other tag, as they do in Firefox and Opera. That is,
>> they would constrain the table's content width to the range defined by
>> min-width and max-width.
>
>Speaking as the person who wrote at least some of the current code
>implementing this in Gecko, I wouldn't expect it to work "like any
>other tag", although the table itself is less complicated than the
>internal table elements (rows, columns, row/column groups, cells)
>inside it.
>
>Tables have a layout algorithm for distributing width among columns
>that's only defined for widths that are at least the minimum
>intrinsic width of the table.  Because of this, max-width shouldn't
>be allowed to force the width below the table's intrinsic minimum
>width, at least until somebody has a reasonable proposal for how to
>extend the width distribution algorithm.
>
>Tables also have much more complicated constraints than other
>elements, since all cells in a column have the same (outer) widths,
>and the sum of the column widths must sum (with some border spacing
>added) to the table width.  This, however, is a problem mostly for
>implementing min/max-width on things inside of tables rather than
>for tables themselves.  Gecko's support for max-width on things
>inside tables is inherently broken; it only sets a maximum on the
>effect of the cell on its column, not an actual maximum.  See
>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2010Jun/0443.html for
>a discussion of some of the complexity here.
>
>-David
>
>--
>𝄞   L. David Baron                         http://dbaron.org/   𝄂
>𝄢   Mozilla                           http://www.mozilla.org/   𝄂

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