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Chapter 9. Tables > Mapping Out Your Page

Mapping Out Your Page

Before you create a complicated table, it's really important to have a vision of what you're about to construct. You need to know how many rows and columns you need, how big these should be, and where each of the items on your page should go.

To map out your page:

1.
Design your page on a piece of paper —with a pen!

2.
Figure out how many rows and columns you will need. Identify any rows or columns that will span more than one space.

3.
If necessary, you can nest one table inside another. However, you should keep this nesting to a minimum as it tends to slow browsers down—and sometimes cause them to break down altogether.

4.
Measure how wide your table should be (the standard is around 600 pixels) and then decide how many pixels wide each column should be.

5.
Create the skeleton of your page with just the table tags but little or no content.

6.
Finally, create or insert the content.


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