Table (XHTML table model)

Use W3C documentation for the XHTML1.1 table model. (http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml-modularization/abstract_modules.html#s_tablemodule)


The rows and columns part of a full table. The standard XHTML 1.1 table model, which should be used as defined in the XHTML table model, has been used to take advantage of existing software for table handling.

This element contains only the rows and columns of the table, which is typically just part of what would be called a “table” in print or display. A full table might also include a table number (label), a table title, a table caption, table notes and footnotes, introductory paragraphs, etc., so a full table is tagged using the <table-wrap> element. If the complex table contains rows and columns, <table-wrap> will contain a <table> as well as other content.

The standard XHMTL model has been modified to remove the <caption> element from within the <table> element, because, in the base Suite, the <caption> element has been made part of the <table-wrap> element.

The following changes were made to the OASIS table model:

No other changes were made to the OASIS table content model.


border Border (Frame) around a Table (XHTML table model)
cellpadding Cell Padding (XHTML table model)
cellspacing Cell Spacing (XHTML table model)
content-type Type of Content
frame Frame (XHTML table model)
id Identifier
rules Rules (XHTML table model)
style Style (XHTML table model; MathML 2.0 Tag Set)
summary Summary (XHTML table model)
width Width (XHTML table model; MathML 2.0 Tag Set)

Related Elements

The <table> element is an element defined by a public table model such as the XHTML 1.1 table model, and should be used as defined in the XHTML table model. This element is not, in itself, a full table, but only the rows and columns portions of a table. A full table may have other features, such as a title, caption, table footnotes, etc. The <table-wrap> element contains the full table. A full table may or may not include a <table> element within it, since other constructions, such as 2-part lists, may also be given table titles, captions, etc.

Model Description

The following, in order:

This element may be contained in:

<alternatives>, <array>, <table-wrap>


In the following example, the table is wrapped in an <alternatives> element together with a graphic showing the formatted table:


	<table rules="rows">
	      <td rowspan="3">Green</td>
	      <td rowspan="3">Red</td>
	<graphic xlink:href="images/tablesample1">
	  <alt-text>A table with columns for color, size, and price.</alt-text>
	  <long-desc>The table has three columns, labeled "Color",
	    "Size", and "Price".
	    It has six rows; reading across, they are:
	    Green, small, $3.25,
	    Green, medium, $2.25,
	    Green, large, $1.15;
	    Red, small, $3.25,
	    Red, medium, $5.25,
	    Red, large, $9.95.
	    (Tbe words "Green" and "Red" occur only once each, in an area
	    three rows in height.)


The graphic rendering of the table is: