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Chapter Eight. XHTML by Example: A Hybri... > Separate Tables: CSS and Accessibili...

Separate Tables: CSS and Accessibility Advantages

If you skipped Chapter 7's (“Tighter, Firmer Pages Guaranteed: Structure and Meta-Structure in Strict and Hybrid Markup”) discussion of “div, id, and Other Assistants,” you might want to glance at it before going any further. Breaking our layout into two tables allows us to harness the power of the id attribute to do the following:

  • Streamline the CSS we'll create in Chapter 10

  • Provide certain accessibility enhancements

  • Structurally label each table according to the job it does, making it easier to some day revisit the layout and replace presentational XHTML tables with divs styled via CSS


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