Re: Inheritance of column attributes

Hakon Lie (
Wed, 24 Jan 1996 11:41:05 +0100


> My point was that what is in the draft is not acceptable. I understand
> that multiple inheritance is a complication, but I think that for
> tables you have to do something to work around the limitations of
> SGML tree structure. It is simply not acceptable to have no way to
> affect the styling of an entire column as a unit - changing its
> font-weight or background, for instance.

Assuming that most authors only want to hilite a column and doesn't
care too much about how this is done, setting the borders should be

Also, you can have full control, but the you need to use ID or
CLASS. E.g., your style sheet would look like:

#1a, #2a, #3a { background: blue }

instead of

COLGROUP.thisone { background: blue }

Supporting the latter is a complication, and I don't see it being
superior. If you still think this should be supported, could you
suggest a scheme for handling multiple inheritance?



Hakon W Lie, W3C/INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France