[whatwg] Suggesting a 'transpose' Attribute for Tables

Matthew Raymond mattraymond at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 19 12:36:09 PDT 2005

Christoph Päper wrote:
> both table models, HTML and CSS, are row-centric, i.e. sequential data 
> is shown horizontally. Sometimes the opposite is desired. Therefore I 
> wonder if it was feasible to add a "boolean" 'transpose' attribute to 
> the 'table' element type? With it set, a table would be rendered 
> column-progressive despite 'tr' meaning "table row"; it includes the 
> row-groups ('thead', 'tfoot' and 'tbody'). Actually I am not sure 
> whether it is not too presentational and thus would better be done in CSS.

   Wouldn't this be possible using "display" in CSS instead?

   Obviously, it would be possible for the UA to offer a transpose
feature. Not sure if we need it for HTML. Is there even a use case for this?

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