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Re: more CSS and tables

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2002 07:20:30 +0000
Message-ID: <3C394C3E.7070600@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Vadim Plessky wrote:

> replacement of <font> with <span> is already great by itself, and things like 

span doesn't replace font (except in as much as any attribute of font
is allowed on any other inline element).  Although it is common for
authoring tools and cut and paste coders to use span as though it
were an equivalent for font, it should, actually, only be used as a
last resort, when there is no more precise structural element that can
be styled.

E.g. a second level heading that should have a particular appearance
should have the style applied to the h2, not as a span within it.

> there is no warranty that TABLEs will be supported by future (X)HTML 
> sepcifications. And Tables module is *optional* in CSS3 - it is *not 

In reality, mass market browsers will continue to support legacy 
versions of HTML until authors stop using them.  In fact, this is the
reason why one should write to the minimum version of HTML that does the
job (which may mean writing to a pre-tables version then using styles
(link should work on new browsers).
Received on Monday, 7 January 2002 02:54:17 UTC

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