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Subject: Re: tables and meta-languages
From: Guillaume Rouchy <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:General discussion of Extensible Markup Language <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 31 Mar 1999 10:53:15 +0100

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> Richard Lander wrote:
> 1. Do we need tables anymore? I have stopped using tables for information
> capturing but describe content as I best see fit, in groups. These groups,
> which could be thought of as rows, always have the same content, so why
> generalize them to rows? I provide each member with a descriptive name
> and avoid the complexity of tables for authoring. I use XSL and DSSSL,
> depending on output format, to convert these groups of well-named elements

> into tabular form, using either HTML or DSSSL tables. I've come to the
> conclusion that tables are a bad choice for predictable information but good
> for
> unpredicatable sorts, allowing users to pick the number of rows and columns
> they wish to use. The information that I am using always has the same
> number of columns, so I can hardcode the table dimensions in my stylesheet.
> Does
> this idea make sense?

Is it possible to have a look at the DTD you use to replace tables ? Any
example too ?

Thanks a lot.

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