Re: PRE and TABLE - a proposal for changing their relationship

Lambert (
Sun, 10 Sep 1995 22:55:31 -0400

>Something that has bothered me for a long time now is the decision to
>not allow <PRE><TABLE>...</TABLE></PRE>. I tried looking in the archives
>but didn't immediately find out why this was done. It appears clear to me
>that in the real world of badly broken content negotiation and
>a general unwillingness to maintain two documents whith the sole
>difference being the use of HTML 3 TABLE, <PRE><TABLE>...</TABLE></PRE>
>would provide a much more robust transition strategy from HTML 2 to HTML 3.

Another way you can accomplish this is to use <TH><B>...</B></TH>, and <P>
at the end of every element. In Netscape, this onlt has one extra line
before the table. If viewed by an AOL browser or another HTML2 browser,
then all the headings are bold, while the elements are normal. This doesn't
work with rowspan and colspan obviously. If youwere to use <BR> instead of
<P> then for each <BR>, Netscape would display another line. This is
probably also illegal, but it works in AOL and Netscape. I haven't tried it
in any other browsers.