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Re: 2.0.3 - bug or feature

On Thu, Sep 14, 2000 at 12:25:59PM +0200, Roland Rosenfeld wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Sep 2000, Denis Barbier wrote:
> > > since I updated my Installation to 2.0.3 <table> is changed 
> > > to <table summary="">. 
> > Hi Axel, this is a feature documented in
> >     http://www.engelschall.com/sw/wml/distrib/wml-SNAP/ChangeLog
> > (search for 03-Aug-2000 entries)
> |    *) Add `summary' attribute in tables (03-Aug-2000):
> |       This tag is automatically added by wml_p7_htmlfix, because
> |       it helps rendering by non-graphical browser, exactly like
> |       ALT attribute for <img>.
> |       [Stephan Petersen]
> But is it really a feature or a bug?

This is a WML feature...

> I'm not completely sure, about this, because <table summary=""> isn't
> defined in HTML 3.2 but only in HTML 4, which results in the effect,
> that tidy converts my DOCTYPE entry from 
> to
> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

and a tidy's bug?
I can't see why tidy change the doctype when it exists.

> But I usually try to avoid HTML 4 features to be backward compatible
> to older browsers.  This simple summary="", which is added to my main
> layout-table.
> I agree, that the summary attribute for all is a good idea (the HTML 4
> specification says, that it there to explain the purpose/structure of
> a table for non-visual output like speech or Braille).  But does
> summary="" make much sense?  What about adding this empty attribute
> only when DOCTYPE defines HTML 4?

What about adding ALT="" in IMG tags?  I strongly believe it is a good
idea, and see no difference with summary="".

Anyway, wml_p7_htmlfix has been entirely reorganized in WML 2.0.3 to
allow more customization, i will finish this work in WML 2.0.4 and one
could specify which fixups are on and off.

Denis Barbier
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