[Bug 8449] New: Remove extraneous material from Table section


           Summary: Remove extraneous material from Table section
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Macintosh
        OS/Version: Mac System 9.x
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: shelleyp@burningbird.net
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

The table element has a long explanation about how to explain the structure of
HTML Tables. 

The example isn't the best, because we should be using more meaningful
examples, where the explanation would be more beneficial. However, this would
require a larger table, and more space.

A better approach would be to remove this section, entirely. This section
should be included in an HTML5 Primer. 

What the section should have is a demonstration of the structure of one table,
with explanation of each element in the table, and hopefully demonstrating by
what is meant by a data table -- not a table for illustration purposes, or a
table for layout. 

In addition, the use of HTML tables in figure elements is being discussed in
another bug. It is against established practice and procedure to use data
tables in figures. And since the only type of table supported in HTML5 is a
data table, it's erroneous to use the table in a figure element.

There is also another bug about removing the details element. Regardless of
whether it is removed or not, using an HTML data table in a details element
again runs counter to the fact that the only tables in HTML are data tables,
and the data tables should always be displayed in the web page.

This bug does not impact on the current discussions about the table summary
attribute, within the HTML Accessibility task force.

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Received on Monday, 7 December 2009 13:38:46 UTC