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Chapter 2. Making a Web Page with HTML > Controlling layouts with CSS

Controlling layouts with CSS

The old style of building Web sites used a series of tables and nested tables to create rigid grids that held all the pieces of a page together. Remember, the original purpose of the Web was not to support great design, it was to convey information quickly.

The method of using tables to control layout was a misuse of the code to produce a visual effect. It used to be the best solution, but that was before CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) were developed. Another issue that slowed progress in the implementation of better techniques was browser support. In the early days of CSS‐driven designs, the browsers didn't support them properly. Pages would sometimes have serious issues. Those times are gone now. CSS has been developed beyond a few font‐formatting tricks and the major browsers now have good support for CSS 1 and 2.


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