[l2h] Re: Tables

Robin Fairbairns Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns@cl.cam.ac.uk>
Tue, 28 Dec 1999 10:54:42 +0000

ross writes, in response to Joerg Broeker:

[recipes for joerg to achieve what he wants]
> > > In Latex "logic" there is a difference between row and row ;-) - A
> > > "logical" row is ended with "\\" a "optical" row is ended with "\hline".
> > > In HTML the "logical" and the "optical" row are identical, a row is
> > > always ended with "</TR>".
> No; that is just someone's *cute* way of using visual positioning
> to make it look right. It is still wrong in any sensible form of markup.

definitely so.  cutesy tricks like this should not under any circumstances
be written into assumptions about the way a translator works.

indeed, i would deny joerg's initial assumption that there's some actual
value in separating every logical entity in a table with an \hline --
i know it's what lamport tends to do in the ghastly table examples in
his book, but no designer with an ounce of sense would do it.  take a
look at the documentation of the (wonderful) booktabs package on ctan,
which among other things gives detailed advice on table design.