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Chapter 19. Using HTML Tables for Page L... > Using Transparent Pictures for Page ...

Using Transparent Pictures for Page Layout

In an effort to keep Web pages device-independent, HTML provides very little support for absolute positioning. HTML “thinks” in terms of flowing text, not in terms of objects placed on an xy-grid. This is extremely frustrating when you’re presenting commercial art rather than, say, a research paper.

Tables and frames provide page designers with a rough method of xy-positioning, but for fine control, many designers have adopted the use of transparent GIF pictures. Anywhere they want some blank space on the page, they simply insert a completely transparent GIF.


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