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[selectors4] Styling table column child elements

From: Simon Sapin <simon.sapin@exyr.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:21:39 +0100
Message-ID: <51476943.4060508@exyr.org>
To: Henrik Andersson <henke@henke37.cjb.net>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Le 18/03/2013 19:59, Henrik Andersson a écrit :
> I have noticed that CSS doesn't offer a clear way of styling the
> elements in a specific table column.
> With that I mean the children of the table cells.
> You can style the <col> elements to a minimal extent and thusly affect
> the table cells. But it is limited to four properties and doesn't work
> for children of the cells.
> You could in theory use the :nth-of (and friends) selectors to do this,
> but there are two issues.
> The first one being the use of numerical indexes. They are bothersome to
> figure out and are not semantically clear like identifiers. They also
> risk becoming wrong when the column list is changed.
> The second issue is that they wouldn't work correctly with tables that
> use colspans. The assumption of one element=one column would fall apart
> there.
> The traditional workaround is to adjust the markup to have each and
> every cell in the column have a specific class. Suffice to say, but that
> is incredibly tedious, error prone and increases the size of the markup.
> Instead I think that CSS needs a new selector to deal with this
> situation. It is a rather specific case, but I see no better solution.


Selectors Level 4 has some ideas about this. AFAIK it’s still open to 


Please reply here for feedback on this.

Simon Sapin
Received on Monday, 18 March 2013 19:22:02 UTC

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