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Chapter 6. Changing Web Page Layout > Laying Out Web Pages with Tables

Laying Out Web Pages with Tables

The use of tables in Web design is quite different from the use of tables in other areas of document design. Web site tables are made up of rows and columns and they can be used to convey structured information just like other tables. But the real purpose of tables in Web design is to break the page into specific boxes, measured either in an absolute number of pixels or in the relative percentage of the available screen real estate. When you structure a Web page using a table, you can control the layout much more precisely. And you can create interesting, magazine-type layouts by filling some cells with content and leaving other cells empty. To make things even more interesting, you can nest tables inside of other tables to gain tighter control over some areas of the page.

The new Layout Tables and Cells task pane includes all the tools you need to design your table-based page layout in one central location. From this task pane, you can:


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