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Chapter 8. Design Issues > Methods of Page Layout

Methods of Page Layout

When graphical browsers first appeared, they didn’t offer any page layout control. Text could be placed into paragraphs, headings, lists, and a few other formatting features, and images could be set to appear inline. But regardless, all elements started at the upper-left corner of the browser and proceeded left-to-right in lines down the page; there was no other way to arrange page elements (see Figure 8.3). Web site designers, accustomed to the measure of freedom and control over layout possible in print media, created a demand for page layout features that was soon met, initially by tables.

Figure 8.3. Before the advent of tables, HTML offered very little in the way of page layout aids.



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