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Re: HTML 5 Conformance Checker

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:58:59 +0000
To: "Donald H White" <writer@jrtcllc.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <EC414EDB-F975-4C4F-B60D-B2F2F6593B4A@dorward.me.uk>
On 23 Jan 2014, at 6:22, Donald H White wrote:

> The errors reported by the HTML 5 Conformance Checker for
> <http://battlefieldspost144.net/> http://battlefieldspost144.net/ seem 
> to be
> strange and a little out of order.

> The common advice is to use CSS. The site uses CSS - lots and lots of 
> documents and declarations.

It also uses obsolete presentational markup.

> The site uses a common CMS (Joomla); the site is
> not hand-coded. Content Management Systems permit, even require,
> administrators and content developers to use flexibility and configure
> elements, such as tables, to fit the design.

A good CMS will provide means for authors to achieve the effects they 
want using modern approaches rather then those from the 1990s.

> Are table alignment, image border, cell padding, cell spacing 
> declarations
> obsolete?

In HTML they are. CSS has replacements for all of them (and has done for 
over 15 years).

> Must all <td> elements be the same width?

No. CSS has many selectors and combinators other than the type selector, 
so you can apply different widths to different cells with CSS.

David Dorward
Received on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:59:25 UTC

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