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Re: Complex Table Examples

From: Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 20:38:28 +1000
Message-ID: <5f37426b0705300338q3667153w629b5299f2417fd0@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Anne van Kesteren" <annevk@opera.com>
Cc: "Laura Carlson" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

Can we do that *and* continue to have @headers for those that need it?

As I understand it, the proposal is that <th> in the first row and
column are explicitly scoped to the row/column if @scope is omitted.
This seems like a good fallback for UAs to implement. May encourage
laziness in web developers, but if it improves accessibility it is
still worth it. (Be better, perhaps, if authoring tools applied @scope
by default).

I don't understand the arguments for removing @headers though. Isn't
it already implemented in most browsers? There seem enough cases here
to warrant it's continued part in HTML.

On 5/30/07, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 29 May 2007 22:33:04 +0200, Laura Carlson
> <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Headers and summary are two attributes that suffer horribly from
> >> ignorance. I strongly feel that they'd be used more often if most
> >> programmers actually knew they existed.
> So given that they are not used and are make authoring large tables a
> nightmare why not define the implicit table model from HTML4 a bit more
> explicit (as HTML5 does) and have AT vendors implement that? They might
> even support current web content better.
> --
> Anne van Kesteren
> <http://annevankesteren.nl/>
> <http://www.opera.com/>
Received on Wednesday, 30 May 2007 21:02:03 UTC

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