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Chapter 56. Designing Data Tables > Making the Most of the Grouping Tags

Making the Most of the Grouping Tags

You may be wondering what good are the HTML grouping tags: col, colgroup, thead, tfoot, and tbody. After all, these tags don't add any content to the table. The col and colgroup tags simply describe the structure of the columns in the table, and the thead, tfoot, and tbody tags mark off the table's sections. Why go to the trouble of coding this information into a table in the first place?

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When you use col and colgroup tags with thead, tfoot, and tbody tags in the same table, the Netscape browser gets fussy and doesn't always apply the col and colgroup attributes. One easy way to solve this problem is not to use col and colgroup with thead, tfoot, and tbody. Pick one group of tags or the other—whichever makes more sense for your particular data table.



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