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Chapter Seven. Tighter, Firmer Pages Gua... > In Defense of Navigational Table Lay...

In Defense of Navigational Table Layouts

HTML tables (or XHTML tables) containing GIF images and JavaScript are still a norm of modern web design and development. Some standards advocates dislike them because they are nonstructural, and some usability consultants disdain them as they disdain nearly everything to do with graphic design.

But as we've tried to show in this chapter (and will show in more detail in the next three chapters), such tables remain an appropriate tool for hybrid, transitional layouts that require a branded look and feel. Their chief defect is that it takes a great deal of work to change them when a site revises its architecture or updates its look and feel. This defect penalizes designers and site owners but does not harm users.


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