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Subject: Re: comments on the table draft
From: lilley <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 20 Sep 95 06:36:49 EDT
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Jon Smirl makes this comment on the tables draft:

> 3)  <table border>
>     <tr><td>Item 1<td rowspan=999>Item 2<td>Item 3
>     <tr><td>Item 4<td>Item 5
>     </table>

> The rowspan exceeds the number of <TR> elements.  CGI scripts
> generate this  when they don't know how many rows there are in the
> table.  The desired effect  is to center the cell vertically in a
> column the height of the table.

As more and more content is automatically generated, I can see that this
is a problem.  What is needed is a way to express the intent, which is
to span all the rows.  So:

     <table border>
     <tr><td>Item 1<td rowspan="all">Item 2<td>Item 3
     <tr><td>Item 4<td>Item 5
     </table>

> The spec should probably call out a behavior in this case since
> there are multiple interpretations.

Or the spec could provide a way to express the desired meaning to remove
ambiguity.  This would also be useful when hand editing large tables;
inserting an extra row, for example.  Spanning all rows or all columns
is common enough in tables that explicitly supporting it looks like a
good idea - better than encouraging incorrect numerical values, at any
rate.

> Jon Smirl, [log in to unmask]

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