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CSS is easier than tables for web page layout

Posted on by Clive Walker in CSS Web Design

I wrote this post a while back. The content can still be relevant but the information I've linked to may not be available.

I have reached the conclusion1 that using CSS for web page layout is easier than using tables. While this might be old news to some of the CSS standardistas out there, it's a realization that has only just crept up on me after about two years worth of using CSS almost exclusively for layouts (starting a few months after writing this article in fact).

1 I think this must be my 'light bulb' moment.

My conclusion is as a result of CSS usage in the main but after seeing a website from circa 1999/2000 the other day with its code, and being asked to update it, there's only one conclusion possible.

The realization also struck me, when I was attempting to explain some table quirks in a Dreamweaver tutorial, that table behaviors were not so predictable after all. Maybe I am just out of the 'tables' habit. Tables are still great for related data so I don't want to forget that.

Of course, saying this is perhaps tempting fate. I'm sure to come across a CSS problem tomorrow that has me stumped.

Now, I'd better pick up on another 'new' trend. I think it's called microformats or something...

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