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Designing a Page Layout

After you have configured your page settings, you are ready to begin building your pages. At this point, you should already have an idea of what your pages are going to look like and the relationships that will exist between pages. In the exercises that follow, you will be building a page that you will use as a template throughout the remainder of the book. Although this chapter focuses on the static elements within the page, the template will evolve throughout the rest of the chapters to include dynamic elements, content drawn from a database, and both eCommerce and eLearning elements.

Choosing a Page Layout View

If you have created Web pages before, you are probably familiar with the use of tables to align the various objects throughout your individual pages. Unlike many desktop publishing applications, such as Adobe PageMaker or Microsoft Publisher, WYSIWYG editors do not allow you to insert images and text blocks and drag them to wherever you want them located. Instead, you build the layout of your page by creating tables and then placing tables within those tables (referred to as “nesting”). If you haven’t used tables to control page layout before, bear with me for a minute as the exercises will demonstrate exactly what I’m referring to.


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