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Chapter 8. Building Tables > Using Tables for Page Layout

Using Tables for Page Layout

Eventually, we’ll all be using CSS for all of our page formatting and layout needs, and tables will be relegated back to their original, more limited function as tabular data displayers. Unfortunately, that day isn’t quite here yet. So, you use tables to arrange page content, and they work just great—as long as you follow the rules, respect the quirks of browser display, and develop a good working strategy.

What’s Your Working Strategy?

Here’s the million dollar question: Exactly how do you go about translating all of your table knowledge into a page layout? Or translating that beautiful layout idea you have in your head into HTML tables? Well, every designer approaches things differently. But here’s my favorite working strategy for bringing order to chaos, and one that has worked well for my web design students:


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