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<br> in tables?

From: T. V. Raman <raman@Adobe.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 1999 12:08:47 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <14012.41295.209175.693171@labrador>
To: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
asking content providers to put a line break in the content
of every cell simply because lynx doesn't implement tables
is a short-sighted hack-- let's not put such kluges in the guidelines.
>>>>> "David" == David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net> writes:

    David> this is forwarded from someone who asked me to
    David> look into it.  Mary Otten wrote: <snipped>
    >> Mary Otten mary`@smart.net
    >> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    David> <snipped> Netscape and
    >> Internet Explorer ignore the <br> within a table
    >> cell.  On the other hand, the <br> will cause lynx to
    >> put each element of a table on a separate line, thus
    >> not rendering the table as a table at all.
    >> Guideline: The contents of each cell in a table shall
    >> be followed by a line break ("BR") tag.
    >> Explanation: Some browsers do not support tables.  In
    >> this case, the browser renders the information from
    >> each cell sequentially, running the information from
    >> one cell to the next without a break.  Without any
    >> formatting tags, the information ends up looking like
    >> one long paragraph.  Placing a line break after the
    >> content of each cell ensures that the contents of a
    >> table are displayed in a readable format.  Line
    >> breaks are recommended over paragraph breaks because
    >> a paragraph break may throw off the spacing of the
    >> table.
    >> Recommended Fix: Place a "BR" tag right before each
    >> "/TD" tag in all tables.

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