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As the first stage of the microformats [[process]], this page collects [[examples]] of best/common practice for the [http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/tables.html table] tag.
 
As the first stage of the microformats [[process]], this page collects [[examples]] of best/common practice for the [http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/tables.html table] tag.
  
= 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 =
 
= Examples on the Web today =

Revision as of 16:32, 6 October 2005

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

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)

Examples on the Web today

Existing Standards

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