[whatwg] Table integrity and conformance

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Sat Oct 28 09:30:53 PDT 2006

On Sat, 28 Oct 2006 15:20:40 +0200, Michel Fortin  
<michel.fortin at michelf.com> wrote:
> align="" is presentational; I didn't say the contrary. And all styling  
> has an influence on usability, I'm not contesting that. But some style  
> information is more tied to the content than other, and some style  
> information should be known even when CSS is not available because *not  
> having that information* makes the document less readable.
> Sometime, presentational information is needed to display a document  
> correctly, and in those few cases where the presentation is tied to the  
> content, I think it belongs in the markup. The align attribute, when  
> used on table cells, covers one of those cases.

I still disagree. It only seems a benefit for visual documents and even  
there the user agent could optimize display when CSS is not supported or  
turned off by running some specific algorithm.

Anne van Kesteren

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