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Chapter Seven. Tighter, Firmer Pages Gua... > Hybrid Layouts and Compact Markup: D...

Hybrid Layouts and Compact Markup: Dos and Don'ts

Fear of learning CSS layout or the inability to use it on a particular project is no reason to avoid web standards. Combine streamlined table layouts with basic CSS and structural, accessible XHTML, and you have the makings of a hybrid, transitional approach that works.

CSS is still evolving, browsers are still learning to support CSS1 and CSS2, and some layout ideas work better when their basic elements are held in place by simple XHTML tables. But table markup is not the same as stupid markup, and hybrid layouts that use a few nonstructural components are quite different from the needlessly ornate junk HTML with which most sites are still being built in 2003.


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