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[Bug 8404] Refocus the figure element back to being a figure

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Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 23:36:29 +0000
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--- Comment #19 from Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>  2009-11-30 23:36:28 ---
(In reply to comment #17)
> (In reply to comment #11)
> > (In reply to comment #6)
> > > I would expect a <figure> to be able to contain a <table> instead of an image.
> > > They may be labeled differently, but in scientific literature tables are
> > > presented in exactly the same way as graphics; both will be numbered, both may
> > > have a long explanatory caption, etc. It is overkill to require two entirely
> > > different markup structures in order to represent the same structure with one
> > > case applying to graphics and the other to tables when the two cases are easily
> > > distinguished based on the actual content. 
> > > 
> > 
> > 
> > Perhaps because of my experience writing tech books, but tables are usually
> > references as Table 1, Table 2, while code examples are Example 1, and figures
> > are Figure 1 and Figure 2, and so on. I didn't think that scientific
> > publications were that different. At least not the ones I can recall.
> 
> On page 84 of Practical RDF, there are three tables in a figure. Now I admit
> they are reasonably graphical tables, but could be done using HTML tables and
> CSS or easily as SVG or a PNG.
> 
> On page 381 of Painting the Web there is a chart/table of web safe colors in a
> Figure (9-21). It would be reasonable to represent this as either a table or
> svg, or img in HTML. Page 386 has another Figure (9-25) Font compatibility
> table from AMPSoft. 
> 
> I'd agree that figures are more graphical in nature then an aside, or a table.
> But that doesn't mean that the graphical representation can't be partially
> tabular or textual.
> 

Gavin, those are images of tables, pulled into the book as either TIFs or PNGs. 

The data is not accessible as a table.

If you all want to include JPEGs of tables in img elements, that's cool. You
can put anything you want into an image file.


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