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Using Backgrounds in Tables and Grids

Since the release of Internet Explorer 3.0 and Netscape Navigator 4.0, designers have been able to use images as backgrounds for tables. This allows for some nice tricks, such as the mock-up at right that simulates computer paper. The great thing about using background images in tables is that you can place your content inside a table cell, and if the text flows differently in one browser, the background will always adjust to the length of the table. Since layout grids are also tables, they also allow you to set a background color or image.

Table Limitations of Netscape Navigator

Older versions of Navigator, and by that I mean everything before version 6.0, do a terrible job when it comes to background images in tables. If you need your site to be compatible with those browsers, this fault automatically limits what you can do. For example, you can’t use nested tables (tables within tables) with Netscape Communicator/Navigator, because the nested table inherits the background of the table in which it’s embedded (even though there is no background set for the nested table). Since the embedded table tries to synchronize the background with its own zero origin point, this generally creates an offset and therefore becomes visible.


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