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Re: lynx-dev Try to fix the display of HTML charts.

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Try to fix the display of HTML charts.
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 09:39:25 +0000 (GMT)

> >  it converts HTML files to plain text. Maybe you should try to get its
> >source to see how
> >to fix LYNX.

Lynx is not broken.  It's handling of tables has always been minimal.

This has caused much argument, but some issues with tables are that:

- they tend to require side scrolling in many cases, which only works well
  when the browser and display are on the same machine;

- correct formatting of tables requires two passes, whereas Lynx displays the
  page as it goes (if you look at NS or IE you will find that nothing happens
  for a long table and then it all suddenly appears);

- the most common use of tables is not their intended purpose, but to 
  layout the different parts of a document - this is likely to produce 
  very narrow columns or width overflows in a text only browser.

There are a couple of text only browsers that get regularly mentioned on this
list which do attempt to format tables.

Accessibility guidelines require a pre-formatted version of tables where
the result of ignoring the markup is not acceptable.  There are some other
requirements, but Lynx does recognize tables and implements these.

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