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Chapter 6. Constructing the Interface > Creating a Layout Table

Creating a Layout Table

First, you’ll create the structure of the Web page. The best way to create the structure and position images and text is by using tables. HTML tables were originally designed to display tabular data—data in columns and rows. Web developers, however, immediately realized that tables could be used to position elements on the screen, so they began using tables to lay out Web page designs.

HTML tables are made up of table cells in table rows. Tables are easy to use when inserting tabular data because there is usually the same number of cells in each row. It’s often more difficult to create a layout table to position images and text on the screen because you often need to create rows with varying number of cells. Dreamweaver has a special design mode, Layout view, that enables you to draw tables and table cells in the document window, making it a bit easier to create a layout table. This section describes using the tools in Layout view to create the interface structure.


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