Re: PRE and TABLE - a proposal for changing their relationship

On Sun, 10 Sep 1995, Lambert wrote:

> >Something that has bothered me for a long time now is the decision to
> >not allow <PRE><TABLE>...</TABLE></PRE>. I tried looking in the archives
> >but didn't immediately find out why this was done. It appears clear to me
> >that in the real world of badly broken content negotiation and
> >a general unwillingness to maintain two documents whith the sole
> >difference being the use of HTML 3 TABLE, <PRE><TABLE>...</TABLE></PRE>
> >would provide a much more robust transition strategy from HTML 2 to HTML 3.
> Another way you can accomplish this is to use <TH><B>...</B></TH>, and <P>
> at the end of every element. In Netscape, this onlt has one extra line
> before the table. If viewed by an AOL browser or another HTML2 browser,
> then all the headings are bold, while the elements are normal. This doesn't
> work with rowspan and colspan obviously. If youwere to use <BR> instead of
> <P> then for each <BR>, Netscape would display another line. This is
> probably also illegal, but it works in AOL and Netscape. I haven't tried it
> in any other browsers.

Ummm...No - it doesn't do quite the same thing ;-). <PRE>...</PRE> is 
useful for non-table aware browsers when making tables specifically 
because of its whitespace preservation and monospaced presentation.  
Tables need both for anything beyond the most simple usage.

Benjamin Franz

Received on Monday, 11 September 1995 00:20:24 UTC