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Re: [css-tables] Research papers on automatic table layout

From: Peter Moulder <pjrm@mail.internode.on.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:19:29 +1100
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <20160216211929.GA27256@mail.internode.on.net>
Just one caveat to note (to echo Robert O'Callahan's comments): this research
focuses on solving the sub-problem of making tables compact, allocating
more space to the columns that have most content.

A deployed solution should also consider other aspects of good table layout:
consid-
ering
the
effect
of
column
width
on read-
ability;
and also a concept a bit harder to pin down: trying to achieve good
proportions among column widths (e.g. giving two columns equal width when
feasible, especially when their content is semantically comparable).
Gecko has one approach to this (using an algorithm that e.g. guarantees
equal widths to columns that have equal content), though I think one could
also try other approaches for getting good proportions.

pjrm.
Received on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 21:20:01 UTC

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