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Chapter 8. Fluid Layouts > Why It's Not Bulletproof

Why It's Not Bulletproof

One of the main problems that table layouts suffer from is a tangling of content and design. In other words, borders, spacer GIFs, and graphics are embedded right in the markup along with the important content. This means only typical desktop browsers will be able to read the page with any great success. Users of screen-reading software, text browsers, or other small-screened devices are likely to have difficulty.

AN ABUNDANCE OF CODE

This tangling can also mean lots of code. The amount of markup necessary to design compelling layouts with nested tables can, at times, be staggering. Unnecessary table cells are used to create gutters (space between columns of text), borders, and other visual characteristics of a page. By using CSS, the markup can be stripped down to its bare essentials, and presentational instructions can be moved to the style sheets. This immediately improves readability on nontraditional devices and software, not to mention being far friendlier to search engines (an additional, free benefit).


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