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Re: [Lynx-dev] it doesn't render tables.... :-(

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] it doesn't render tables.... :-(
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 15:31:26 -0800

At 06:55a +0900 02/01/2005, Henry Nelson didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

On Mon, Jan 31, 2005 at 01:58:59PM -0700, Seth House wrote:
 > Also many sites misuse tables. Try using Lynx to visit someone's blog
 > or another modern site that doesn't use tables for layout, it's
 > gorgeous. I have found that for displaying tabular data, Lynx can be

Lynx still botches some very simple, non-layout tables, especially if
there is a <center> tag in or around the table.  Lynx renders such tables
as a long vertical string of cells.

Yeah, well it's worse really -- the content within the table is all centered instead of the table itself being centered. To work around this in my own pages I avoid <center> and use <table align=center> instead.

AFAIKT, Lynx can't handle long strings within a single cell, i.e., can't wrap lines within a cell, either. The worst problem I find is that Lynx doesn't line up the cells in a straight column down the page, but rather squeezes the content to the left. There's no way to know what <td> goes with what <th>.

It depends. I think Lynx does better when every table cell has an align attribute; otherwise Lynx guesses, and guesses in an unaligned way.


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