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Lesson 6. Developing Site Content > Working with Tables

Working with Tables

HTML tables were originally created as a means of presenting tabular data. However, in the early days of HTML development, designers had few options for creating page layouts, and as a result tables suddenly became the primary paradigm for Web layouts. Recently, a new technology has emerged that is intended to supersede HTML tables: CSS layers. In the abstract, CSS layers are technically superior to tables in virtually every way, from the standpoint of creating page layouts; they are more accessible, more flexible, more customizable, and even take less time to download. Unfortunately, as a new technology, CSS layers don't yet have the wide support they deserve; a case in point is Fireworks, which you used to output a table-based layout, and which you have been working with for several lessons. Fireworks does not yet let users output CSS layers-based layouts complete with buttons, rollovers, and the like.

In this task, you'll work with data in the more traditional sense: as a means of laying out structured data. You'll create a much simpler table than the one used for the Jade Valley layout, with only two rows and two columns. Because of the table's simplicity, you have an opportunity to learn a little more about tables, how they are coded, and how you can format and modify them in Dreamweaver.


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