Inspired by WebmasterWorld HTML Forum:
|Cell (0,0) - Just some text|
in the first cell
|Cell (1,0) - The second cell...|
|Cell (0,1) - More text...||Cell (1,1) - The final cell with a BACKGROUND|
attribute specifying an image to have
as the background.
Well, this does seem to work cross-browser (IE6, FF, Opera8), but it is not valid HTML.
It seems the BACKGROUND attribute was only ever valid for the
<BODY> tag. Although this is now deprecated (still valid under an HTML 4.01 loose DOCTYPE).
I think the BACKGROUND attribute on other elements, such as the <td> tag, was initially IE only. Although it was later adopted by other browsers, it never made the W3C specification.
Use CSS instead.