2.1.113 [CSS-Level2-2009] Section 17.5.5, Dynamic row and column effects
The ‘visibility’ property takes the value 'collapse' for row, row group, column, and column group elements. This value causes the entire row or column to be removed from the display, and the space normally taken up by the row or column to be made available for other content. Contents of spanned rows and columns that intersect the collapsed column or row are clipped. The suppression of the row or column, however, does not otherwise affect the layout of the table. This allows dynamic effects to remove table rows or columns without forcing a re-layout of the table in order to account for the potential change in column constraints.
Quirks Mode and IE7 Mode (All Versions)
The visibility property is ignored.