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Re: table headers - clear description of problem

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 14:22:43 +0300
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-Id: <5CED55DB-C3A5-4F92-ABDC-FB67BEF4BFDF@iki.fi>
To: Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>

On Aug 26, 2008, at 18:53, Gez Lemon wrote:

> This can sometimes be overcome (if there are no totals or
> other aggregate data that usually go in the last columns) by
> reordering the columns, but using conceptual headers marked up as tds
> with headers/id to create the association allows analysts to order the
> columns how they want.

Isn't the markup abusing the semantics of HTML if cells that are  
conceptually header cells aren't marked up as <th>?

Why not mark all the header cells as <th> and enable hierarchical  
headers by allowing a <th> cell to point to another <th> using the  
headers attribute?

Henri Sivonen
Received on Friday, 29 August 2008 11:23:31 UTC

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