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[Bug 11812] New: The align attribute on the td and th elements should be conforming

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Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:42:30 +0000
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Message-ID: <bug-11812-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

           Summary: The align attribute on the td and th elements should
                    be conforming
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: hsivonen@iki.fi
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,

Please make the align attribute on the td and th elements conforming.
 * It is an interoperably-implemented existing feature.
 * Alignment needs to vary on a per-cell basis depending on the contents of the
 * Selecting cells by content using Selectors doesn't work yet. Even if it
worked in the future, the solution wouldn't be compatible with browsers that
authors need their content to be compatible with for the nearish future.
 * Working around the above problem by using the class attribute is a worse
solution than the already-implemented align attribute, because the align
attribute is more portable across authoring tools that offer cell alignment UI
without having a full style system and ingest support for arbitrary CSS.
 * The main argument I've heard from Hixie against allowing this attribute is
that it causes a slippery slope problem for non-presentationalism advocacy by
introducing subtle points to a currently categorical advocacy message. I think
advocacy concerns shouldn't override practical considerations for authors like
me who use authoring tools that generate the align attribute.

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