[microformats-discuss] XHTML tables as CSV-like "records"?

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Sun Oct 2 09:34:12 PDT 2005

Hi all,

I'm trying to find out if there is a standard microformat for  
interpreting tables as a list of records, e.g.:

<table class="records">
   <th scope="col"><b>XML Schema Datatype</b></th>
   <th scope="col"><b>Mac OS X tag</b></th>
   <th scope="col"><b>XHTML class/tag</b></th>
   <td><code>&lt;div class="integer">&lt;/div></code></td>

The idea is that tables tagged as "records" are expected to:
	a) Have a header row
	b) Indicate proper scope
	c) Contain the same number of elements in each row

In other words, act like a CSV file.  I've heard Tantek describe  
XHTML tables this way, but haven't seen an actual microformat (or  
even design pattern) characterizing the 'right' way to do that.  This  
seems worthy of its own pattern -- like XOXO for lists -- doesn't it?

Anyway, if there is no such thing, and people agree it is worthwhile,  
I'll start collecting examples and such as recommended in the usual  
process.  I just wanted to check first, to make sure I wasn't missing  

- Ernie P.

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