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Deprecation of the use of TABLE for Layout
PROPOSED: The use of
TABLE for layout be DEPRECATED.
RATIONALE: Just as use of BLOCKQUOTE to achieve a stylistic effect was DEPRECATED in favor of stylesheets in HTML 4.01, so, too, should use of
TABLE for layout and stylistic purposes should be DEPRECATED in favor of stylesheets.
TABLEshould be reserved for tabular data, not for layout purposes; use of TABLE for layout is misuse of a structural element for stylistic purposes
TABLEshould be deprecated for "layout" purposes in favor of CSS
- for legacy content, a
TABLEused for layout MUST be assigned, either by an author or user agent,