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Chapter 10. Using Dreamweaver’s Page Lay... > The Convert Layers to Table Command

The Convert Layers to Table Command

Another Dreamweaver layout aid that can help you create tables without coding tables is the Convert Layers to Table command. This command is provided as an aid to those who like designing pages using layers, with all the advantages of drag-and-drop and pixel-specific positioning; but who do not want their finished layouts to remain in layers, perhaps because they are concerned about inconsistent browser support of layer-based layouts. (See the next chapter for more on using layers for page layout.) Using this command, you can create your layout using layers, and convert the layers to a table-based layout when everything is set to your liking.

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The Convert Layers to Tables command has a bug (a flaw in the way the software performs) of which you should be aware. It is very similar to the problem with Layout View discussed earlier in this chapter. Convert Layers to Tables often creates empty table cells; this code will cause your pages to display poorly in some browsers. For this reason, it is recommend that if you use the Convert Layers to Tables command, be sure to place either non-breaking space characters or spacer GIFs in these empty table cells. This can be done manually in Code view, or by using Find and Replace.



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