Re: Tables: what can go in a cell (part 1)

Brian Behlendorf (
Wed, 8 Feb 95 14:49:37 EST

On Tue, 7 Feb 1995, Paul Burchard wrote:
> Why not take this heretical TABLE-content to its SGMLogical
> conclusion, and turn TABLE into a general alignment control? FORMs
> aren't the only situtation in which this would be useful, and once
> you allow <FORM> in <TABLE> you are essentially opening up <TABLE> to
> arbitrary %body.content anyway.

Will content providers who want to use <table> for their alignment
properties get in trouble? The graphic designers here are tickled pink
with the notion of a page as a matrix of cells they can use for
positioning purposes, but I can see purists calling that an even greater
abomination than using <Hn> tags for their size properties. For example,
look at the hotwired home page,, and then look
at with Arena. The
former uses thin transparant gifs for positioning (don't flame me, I just
work here! :) while the second uses tables for positioning and uses none
of those positioning gifs.