Internet Explorer Tables: Attribute colspan, rowspan, cellPadding and cellSpacing have no effect on table
This issue was first noticed when using XSLT to add a cell to a table similar to the following:
... <td colspan="5" align="center"> <xsl:value-of select="The title"/> </td>
The expected behaviour, and that seen in the other browsers, would be for the cell to span across the next 5 columns, instead the
colspan attribute in Internet Explorer appeared to have no effect on the table cell, it was contained within a single column.
Online information and further tests show that
colSpan must be used for this case in Internet Explorer, further tests show that the attributes
rowSpan@, @cellSpacing and
cellPadding are similarly affected - they must use lowerCamelCase to be recognized by IE. These camel-cased attributes are recognized by other browsers so they can be used as a workaround.
A fix for this will be included in the next release of Saxon-CE so that, for these cases, IE behaviour is consistent with the other major browsers.
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