Re: Is using tables for page layout bad?

by Tamara <tamara(at)>

 Date:  Thu, 05 Apr 2001 19:32:59 -0500
 To:  HWG-Basics <hwg-basics(at)>
 References:  celticblues
  todo: View Thread, Original
At 06:51 PM 4/5/2001 -0400, Kevin Warrene wrote:
>Using tables for page layout is the only way that I create a web page.
>They are extremely versatile. They also allow you to create a type of
>template as well for other web pages/sites.

I use tables all the time -- I have to use tables, it's the only way to 
even come close to cross-browser compatibility.

However, I believe there will be a point when the number of appliances 
accessing content on the web will result in quite a few posts about why web 
*pages* won't render on a cell phone/pda/or refrigerator due to the nature 
of the appliance's *browser.* (I know, the old man just shudders at the 

So, we now have something called XHTML which, on our end, uses CSS to place 
items that are still better off tabled. But, those tables are probably not 
going to work on some of these appliances.

For now, a good example is over at -- the site is 
fully compliant XHTML and uses CSS for placement of things like navigation 
that I still put in a table.

Look at it in IE, look at it in NS 6, look again in NN4+


...but folks, I have this feeling that this is the sort of thing we have to 
look forward to as the *web* evolves.

Having fun yet??

<tamara />

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