Re: HTML table model suggestion

Betty Harvey (
Thu, 30 Mar 95 18:18:03 EST

On Thu, 30 Mar 1995 wrote:

> > why should we invent Yet Another Table Format when we could use a
> > subset of an existing one that is well established?
> This is the heart of the issue.
> Tables are complex, and their markup will necessarily be so as well.
> Unless the existing SGML model is demonstrably deficient, it would be
> folly to generate another.

Exactly, tables are complex, you can't get away from it. The "casual"
HTML user will not use tables in their HTML documents. Even a
simplified table model will result in a learning curve to the
HTML Author.

I vote for a UNIFIED table model. If it takes getting the HTML,
SGML & CALS communities in a room to fight it out, we need to
come to a consensus. It is to the benefit of all three communities.

Betty Harvey < | David Taylor Model Basin
Advanced Information Systems Branch | Carderock Division
Code 183 | Naval Surface Warfare
Bethesda, Md. 20084-5000 | Center