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Default Must there be a <tfoot> if there is a <thead>?

If i wanted to construct a simple table, a table that is so simple that it does not have a footer. Can i split the table in <thead> and <tbody> and not put in the <tfoot>. Is this wrong? I want to follow the best and current practices.

We could always construct a simple table by using the <th> <td> tags. Why do we split up tables in the first place?

I guess it is for accesibility issues but. Can we create highly accesible tables without splitting it up (very simple tables).

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In the first place, if you don't have content for a section, you certainly don't need to use it. That's not a problem. If you have a heading/title for a table but nothing else, then by all means, you a <thead> without a <tfoot>. Use what you need and otherwise eliminate extra markup.

In the second, you're raising the larger issues of structure and best practices. I like to structure my page via their headings, that's about the most user friendly way since accessibility tools and web browsers usually allow you some feature to move through the document via the headings. Links are the other key feature to use strategically and thoughtfully on the webpage since links and form elements are the standard tab points in the document.

Last but not least, one of the big thorns in the side of the Web Standards movement is table based design. So unless you're using tables strictly for tabular data, use the more flexible method of divs and CSS to control the structure of your page. There's a reason MS went to great pains to include CSS support in VS 2008. It's much more powerful than controlling your appearance inline. And divs give you the logical control that tables do without imposing that structure visually. You can control the visual representation any way you want including rendering the divs in a table like layout. It's much more flexible.


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