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Chapter 12. Setting Up Tables > About Layout Tables

About Layout Tables

Dreamweaver offers an extremely helpful and innovative tool that actually lets you draw page layouts, which are made up of boxes that are different kinds and sizes of tables. This tool is called Layout mode, and it makes easier such table tasks as inserting small tables inside of page-sized ones and setting the widths of columns. You draw boxes on your page (a familiar paradigm for all layout tools), and Dreamweaver fills in the HTML for the rest of the page design. These layouts use regular old HTML tables with no extra fancy code of any kind; however, Dreamweaver calls these same objects layout tables when you create or edit them in Layout mode. Layout tables are indeed the same objects as tables; the tag for both is <table>.

Layout mode and Standard mode

To work with layout tables, Dreamweaver uses a different editing paradigm, called Layout mode (Figure 12.6). You draw cells on the page the same way you draw text boxes in Quark or image slices in Fireworks.


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