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    Proper Table use

    ok in the past when using tables i have only used <table> <tr> and <td>

    for wc3 complicence should i be using the other tags such as <th> are there any more tags?

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    You shouldn't be using tables at all for layout. For tabular data, say from a database, is fine. For layouts you should be using CSS and <div> tags - Though of course you didn't say you were suing them for layouts at all

    As far as I know, using th, thead and that is fine.
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    If you are using tables, check out the "table tags" table near the bottom of this link - http://w3schools.com/html/html_tables.asp

    Click on each tag to get more information about that tag, such as if it is or if parameters for it are depreciated in favor of CSS...
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    There are a lot of table elements.

    • table: the table
    • caption: the table’s caption (title, brief description, or both); must occur before all other table elements
    • colgroup: allows you to semantically group columns and style them together; useful with scope="colgroup"; must occur before thead and after caption
    • col: allows you to style a column; theoretically, I think that you could also set the language of a column this way; can appear standalone or inside of colgroup elements
    • thead: groups of header cells above the table
    • tfoot: content below the table; a catch is that it must occur after any thead elements but before any tbody elements; this is the least used of all table elements
    • tbody: use these to group rows together; useful with scope="rowgroup"
    • tr: a table row
    • th: a table header cell; other table cells are associated with this type of table cell via use of scope, headers, and axis attributes
    • td: a table data cell; these contain the data that the table is meant to present

    You can see a correctly marked up table: D0007. I used a bit more code than was necessary though; the headers attributes were unnecessary except for the hover effect. The hover effect is still broken in Internet Explorer.
    Last edited by Arbitrator; 07-07-2007 at 09:09 PM. Reason: I corrected a formatting issue.
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