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== Real-World Examples ==
== Real-World Examples ==
* [http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200410/bring_on_the_tables/ Best practices] for marking up tabular data (especially for accessibility)
* [http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200410/bring_on_the_tables/ 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 ==
* [http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/tables.html HTML 4.0 tables]
* [http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xhtml2-20040722/mod-tables.html XHTML 1.0 tables]
* [http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-xhtml2-20040722/mod-tables.html XHTML 2.0 tables]

Revision as of 11:18, 9 July 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)


Real-World Examples

  • Best practices for marking up tabular data (especially for accessibility)