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2.2.56 [CSS-Level2-2009] Section 17.5, Visual layout of table contents


The specification states:

Cells may span several rows or columns… If this position would cause a column-spanning cell to overlap a row-spanning cell from a prior row, CSS does not define the results: implementations may either overlap the cells (as is done in many HTML 
implementations) or may shift the later cell to the right to avoid such overlap. 

All Document Modes (All Versions)

If a column-spanning cell overlaps with a row-spanning cell, the cells are overlapped.


The specification states:

Note. Positioning and floating of table cells can cause them not to be table cells 
anymore, according to the rules in section 9.7. When floating is used, the rules on 
anonymous table objects may cause an anonymous cell object to be created as well.

Quirks Mode and IE7 Mode (All Versions)

The floating cell is removed from the table, but is not replaced with an empty cell.

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