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Font and bgcolor: redundant on <table> and <td> ?

In looking over my style sheet
http://www.acad.sunytccc.edu/instruct/sbrown/screen.css
I see that I have identical fonts and colors set on table and td
elements.

Is there any reason to do this, or is it a bit of cargo-cultery that
I put in there when I was first starting out?

As far as I can see, if I've styled td and th there's no need to
style table, as far as font and color go. (Other properties like
margins of course make sense on table.) Am I missing something?

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Jul 20 '05 #1
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In article <MP************ ************@ne ws.odyssey.net> , Stan Brown
wrote:
In looking over my style sheet
http://www.acad.sunytccc.edu/instruct/sbrown/screen.css
I see that I have identical fonts and colors set on table and td
elements.

Is there any reason to do this, or is it a bit of cargo-cultery that
I put in there when I was first starting out?

As far as I can see, if I've styled td and th there's no need to
style table, as far as font and color go. (Other properties like
margins of course make sense on table.) Am I missing something?


Many obsolate browsers don't inherit fonts correctly in tables. But if
you don't tricker quirks mode, I don't think that is that big problem.
Especially since you don't change font-size that could be inherited
incorrectly. (It may affect for the same obsolate browser that need 100%
on body to work correctly, but I have forgotten all about it, including
browser for that 100% was for...)

I don't think there is any reason for double color properties.

--
Lauri Raittila <http://www.iki.fi/lr> <http://www.iki.fi/zwak/fonts>
Saapi lähettää meiliä, jos aihe ei liity ryhmään, tai on yksityinen
tjsp., mutta älä lähetä samaa viestiä meilitse ja ryhmään.

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