[Bug 8745] New: Deprecation of the use of TABLE for Layout


           Summary: Deprecation of the use of TABLE for Layout
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/HTML/wiki/Table/layout_TABLE_de
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: a11y
          Severity: critical
          Priority: P1
         Component: HTML5 spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: oedipus@hicom.net
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, oedipus@hicom.net, mike@w3.org, public-

1. PROPOSED: The use of TABLE for layout be DEPRECATED. 

2. RATIONALE: Just as use of BLOCKQUOTE to achieve a stylistic effect was
DEPRECATED in favor of stylesheets in HTML 4.01, so, too, should use of TABLE
for layout and stylistic purposes be DEPRECATED in favor of stylesheets. 

3. Proposal Specifics 
3.1.TABLE should be reserved for tabular data, not for layout purposes; use of
TABLE for layout is misuse of a structural element for stylistic purposes 
3.2.TABLE should be deprecated for "layout" purposes in favor of CSS 
3.3.for legacy content, a TABLE used for layout MUST be assigned, either by an
author or user agent, role="layout" or role="presentation" for that TABLE.

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Received on Thursday, 14 January 2010 15:14:36 UTC