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The Importance of Tables

Tables were originally introduced to provide a way to table data. As simple as that might seem, it only took a few weeks for savvy coders to realize that the grid system created by tables could be used as a means of controlling the entire layout of pages.

This realization grew beyond a means and into a convention—soon, the vast majority of sites on the Web came to embrace tables as their underlying structure. The entire infrastructure of most sites uses tables for graphic placement, color arrangement, and text layout control.


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