Proposed table specification (long!)

David Parsons orc at
Sun May 15 00:01:59 EDT 2011

On May 14, 2011, at 6:08 PM, Simon Bull wrote:

> Michel and Dr.Dang both commented that it is easier to author/edit

> tables as HTML than as aligned text.


> I am not sure I personally agree with this, but assuming that it is

> true for some significant part of the authorship, then I would like

> to add:


> In my original post I stated my belief that the needs of the

> _reader_ come before the needs of the _writer_. I don't agree that

> the needs of one author outweigh the needs of five hundred, ten, or

> even just two readers. The writer may well be inconvenienced once

> by having to align text into a table, but the *readers* are in

> inconvenienced n many times by having to read tables of HTML.

I presume that the readers will be reading the
entire document in html, via a viewer that renders
html into a more pleasing format.

-david parsons

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