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Chapter 7. Page Layouts > Introduction

Introduction

One of the last frontiers in creating a truly CSS-enabled presentation is the layout. For a long time, web developers have been using HTML tables to create their layouts, often nesting tables to create multicolumn, multilevel layouts. Nested HTML tables render well in older browsers like Netscape Navigator 4 where CSS support, if present, is barely noticeable and is mostly wrong. If your audience uses an older browser and visual presentation is a key component of the site's success, you should consider using HTML tables.

However, if your audience uses a browser that supports CSS, you should use CSS to design your layouts. As a design language, CSS is focused on presentation, which includes helping web developers control the layout of their pages. HTML tables and other HTML elements, on the other hand, are tools you use to mark up content. The ideal is to have HTML represent the structure of the content at an intellectual abstract level and CSS say how to present it for a particular device.


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