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Q1:I'm working on a Web site that I created before using FrontPage 2003. It makes considerable use of tables. Can I change these tables into layout tables so I can work on them with FrontPage?
A1: Layout tables are simply tables that are being used to arrange the contents of a Web page.

For this reason, there shouldn't be any need to change the existing tables to work on them using FrontPage's table layout features.

When you load one of the pages in FrontPage, you can choose Table, Layout Tables and Cells and make changes to it.

Q2:When I am specifying the size of a table using the Table Properties dialog, FrontPage offers the option to set it as pixels or a percentage. Which should I use?
A2: The choice of pixel values and percentages depends on how much control you want over the placement of elements within the table.

Percentages are calculated based upon the space available to the table within the Web page—if the page is displayed in a Web browser window 600 pixels wide and contains a layout table with width set to 90 percent, the table will be 540 pixels wide. If the browser window is resized to 500 pixels, the table will become 450 pixels wide. This can have dramatic effects on the contents of the page—think back to the Hour 1 example shown in Figure 1.4—but it's also the way to make a page flexible in dealing with the variety of screen resolutions and browser window sizes employed by Web users. When using percentages, there should be an Autostretch column or row to handle the variations in size.

Pixel values offer more precision in how elements are placed. Many Web designers use tables 600 pixels wide under the assumption that most Web users are viewing pages in a full-screen browser window on a monitor that's at least 800 by 600 in screen resolution.


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