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Re: CSS vs. Tables

From: Madison M <rllrgrrl@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 11:55:16 +1000
To: www-html@w3.org
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The w3c is moving toward using tables just for tabular data, and using CSS 
for layout, but they have a way to go yet to make t work properly.

Apart from the fact that only NS6 comes close to interpreting the CSS in a 
way that makes it possible to do a dynamic layout. The spec they have for 
CSS doesn't include a anything that makes CSS behave in the way tables do... 
the good ways that is, that make them useful layout tools.

Hopefully they will get it worked out soon, but I think, for now, you either 
have to stick to tables, or carefully design your pages so they work with 

Though I did an experiment with doing a layout that imitated frames but 
using only divs. It only works in NS6 though, as IE only supports top and 
left for defining div position, not bottom and right. that is, IE can only 
do fixed width div layouts. (as far as I have been able to test)


If anyone does have hints on how to do better div layouts I'd like to hear.


Subject:  CSS vs. Tables
Date:  Wed, 11 Apr 2001 13:52:09 -0700
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Should CSS be used to dynamically assign the layout of a page or are tables
still the best way to go?  Also, is browser compatablity with css still an
issue?  I appreciate your thoughts.
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