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Chapter 3. Rapid Rows, Cruising Columns: Building Better Tables

Chapter 3. Rapid Rows, Cruising Columns: Building Better Tables

Remember the first time you looked at the code for a complex table and tried to figure out why it was blowing up on one browser or another? Unless you’re weirder than I am—and that’s very weird—this is not like reminiscing about your first kiss. It’s more like reliving the first fight you had where the school bully spun you over his head like a sack of lemons. (Don’t tell me you’ve missed out on such a quintessential moment of growing up? If you think you have, it’s only because you’re in complete denial and require several years of regression therapy to recover the memory.) Even if you’re moving away from tables as a layout tool, they remain an essential element of most every website for structured data and sliced graphics–and one that you need to master.

The tips in this chapter are designed to put you in the driver’s seat when dealing with tables. The full gamut of table-related functionality is fair game here: structured data, formatted tables, layout tables, sliced graphics and more. You’ll even find cool ways to work with data from Excel spreadsheets and Word tables. By the time you’re finished with this chapter, you should have those tables spinning over your head like the proverbial fruit of your own choosing.


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