Tag information for the Table <TD> Tag

Posted on 2003-03-21
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
During a major redesign of a client's site, I decided to go one step further and run all the pages through the w3.org SHTML validation parser. I got ALL issues cleaned up except one!

Below is what they're telling me. I can't find any documentation about the background attrib. I'd love this page to validate. Any ideas?

Below are the results of attempting to parse this document with an SGML parser.

Line 22, column 55: there is no attribute "BACKGROUND" (explain...).
    <TD align="left" valign="top" width="150" background="images/mainpage_16.gif">

Question by:digitalwav
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Expert Comment

ID: 8183999
Yes there is no background attribute for the tag <td>
you can use this attribute only for the <table> tag.
Refer http://www.w3schools.com/html/attr_td.asp


Author Comment

ID: 8184007
hmmm, then why can I put the tag on a cell in a table and the image works just for that cell? Is it a browser thing?
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Accepted Solution

COBOLdinosaur earned 500 total points
ID: 8184091
Background for the td is supported by the major browsers, but it is not part of the standard.  The validators validate to the standard, so background will always generate an error.  

The standards compliant way t do it is:

<TD align="left" valign="top" width="150" style="background-image:url(images/mainpage_16.gif)">


Author Comment

ID: 8184127
Successfull validation is a wonderful thing!

I gave the points to COBOLdinasaur because he provided a work around that validated successfully.
LVL 53

Expert Comment

ID: 8184270
Glad we could help.  Thanks for the A.:^)


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