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Re: lynx-dev Is this List for Lynx users or *just* developers

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Is this List for Lynx users or *just* developers
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2001 10:49:30 +0100 (BST)

> But *TO* view them better, they have to do two passes through the data,
> which takes longer.

For the typical commercial web design abuse of tables (i.e. most 
web pages these days) one pass rendering would be enough if the pages
were marked up properly.  This actually gives significant benefits on
IE5, as it allows incremental rendering, however I've never been aware
of it being done in anger.  You use a style attribute to select fixed
table layout, then use col elements to define the number of columns
and their widths.  (If the first row has no colspans, fully specified
widths on that row may be enough.)

table-layout: fixed tends to work on these because they are designed on
the basis of exactly fitting column widths to graphics.

It is still likely to cause a width overflow in character cell browsers,
as there is a trend towards assuming 800 x 600 with very small fonts.

The one sort of table where it is likely to be less effective is tables
that are real tables!

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