[whatwg] Enhanced data tables
mpt at myrealbox.com
Sat Dec 4 00:10:05 PST 2004
On 4 Dec, 2004, at 6:32 AM, Afternoon wrote:
> On 3 Dec 2004, at 17:18, Ian Hickson wrote:
>> From a practical standpoint the difference between a <table> and a
>> data grid is that the table's data is all in a DOM content model,
>> whereas the data grid can be dynamically populated from script, one
>> row at a time, so that only the displayed portion need be in memory
>> at any one time.
Could functions be devised to make populating (and depopulating)
<table> rows and columns easier than it is now, without inventing a new
element for such tables?
>> Another difference is that tables have a legacy of rendering
>> semantics which we can't do much about, whereas for the data grid we
>> want to be able to use GUI-specific native controls (or
>> native-looking controls) which have features such as clickable column
>> headers, draggable column separators, etc. Also, datagrids are
>> limited to text in each cell (with one icon per row), rows can be
>> selected, data can be marked as editable, etc.
> Indeed, a browser that assumed every <table> was data-bearing and
> should have controls displayed would be all but useless.
That's why I suggested those controls be displayed only for <th>
elements, not for every <table>.
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