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As the first stage of the [[process]], this page collects [[examples]] of best/common practice for the '''<table>''' tag.
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= Table Examples =
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As the first stage of the microformats [[process]], this page collects [[examples]] of best/common practice for using the [http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/tables.html table] tag to represent structured data.
  
= Purpose of this exploration (or : The Problem) =
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== The Problem ==
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Thought often abused for layout, the original purpose of HTML tables is to provide a two-dimensional structure for data.  The purpose of this exploration is to determine if there are common patterns for annotationg those structures, and (if so) whether there is a need to formalize that as a microformat (a la [[xoxo]] for lists).  The working hypothesis is tables typically represent two kinds of data:
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* a list of dictionaries (with column headers, and sometimes row headers)
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* a grid of numerical data (without any headers, or merely numeric indices)
  
= Examples on the Web today =
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== Participants ==
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* [http://www.opendarwin.org/~drernie/ Dr. Ernie]
  
= Current / Previous Standards =
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== Real-World Examples ==
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* [http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200410/bring_on_the_tables/ Best practices] for marking up tabular data (especially for accessibility)
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** &lt; th scope=col|row id="name"> for headers
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** caption, summary
  
= Comments =
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== Existing Practices ==
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== Proposal (N/A) ==
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== See Also ==
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* [http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/tables.html HTML 4.0 tables]
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* [http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xhtml2-20040722/mod-tables.html XHTML 1.0 tables]
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* [http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xhtml2-20040722/mod-tables.html XHTML 2.0 tables]

Latest revision as of 19:43, 12 August 2007

Table Examples

As the first stage of the microformats The microformats process, this page collects Best Practices for Examples Pages of best/common practice for using the table tag to represent structured data.

The Problem

Thought often abused for layout, the original purpose of HTML tables is to provide a two-dimensional structure for data. The purpose of this exploration is to determine if there are common patterns for annotationg those structures, and (if so) whether there is a need to formalize that as a microformat (a la XOXO 1.0: Extensible Open XHTML Outlines for lists). The working hypothesis is tables typically represent two kinds of data:

  • a list of dictionaries (with column headers, and sometimes row headers)
  • a grid of numerical data (without any headers, or merely numeric indices)

Participants

Real-World Examples

  • Best practices for marking up tabular data (especially for accessibility)
    • < th scope=col|row id="name"> for headers
    • caption, summary

Existing Practices

Proposal (N/A)

See Also