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CSS Table Column Spanning for XML

From: Rogers, Kevin <KJRogers@subcorp.com.au>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 00:41:54 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <F1DCD9B55F1DD311AB8C00508B0AB45E0136E943@snowball.asc.com.au>
To: "'www-style@w3.org'" <www-style@w3.org>
In HTML column spanning of tables is implemented by the COLSPAN attribute
for the TD element.

In XML table rendering is not controlled by element attributes, but is
controlled by the CSS style sheet.

Neither the XML nor CSS standards seem to include any facilities for
rendering tables that include column spanning. All the examples seem to only
cover regular tables that have the same number of columns in each row.

There is limited support for rendering XML tables. Mozilla provides some
support. However, there seems to be an inherent limitation in the standards
that would prevent implementation of column spanning by a browser.

Is there a means for rendering XML tables with CSS that include column


Kevin Rogers
Received on Tuesday, 29 August 2000 05:05:45 UTC

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