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

Luke Arno luke.arno at gmail.com
Sun Oct 2 16:18:53 PDT 2005

On 10/2/05, David Janes -- BlogMatrix <davidjanes at blogmatrix.com> wrote:
> Just in partial defense of people who do this, the reason (I think) this
> happens is that pre-existing tags such as <h1> bring a lot of
> _presentation_ baggage to to the table; the simplest -- though by no
> means the best obviously -- is to simply route around the issue. I know
> from personal experience trying to use <ul><li>* because that's what I
> mean semantically in a presentation friendly manner is even uglier.

I feel your pain. Often the default styles provided by web browsers require
some undoing. It would not be so difficult to write a stylesheet to give us
more of a tabula rasa (as with styling Atom feeds and so forth.) I have a
sense that this would create more work than it would eliminate. Perhaps
there is a compromise: a "base" stylesheet that could provide defaults
more appropriate to a more semantic breed of XHTML documents,
especially those containing microformats.

Is anyone else interested in this? Is there already anything like this?

- Luke

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