4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2007 9:25 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Single table page layout vs. nested tables

    HTML-Newbie Level 1
      Hi,

      I’m working on another version of our website and the site displays perfectly across all browsers.

      The site pretty much consists of a single table because I had my fair share of alignment issues when I was working with nested tables. With other words, an image placed in a nested table wouldn’t properly align with the menu above, etc.

      Now, everything aligns perfectly, however, following this approach, I have to split certain cells into multiple cells to host the secondary navigation menu and page content.

      Now the visual guides display 760 (180) as values for the column, whereas 760 px was the original width of the column and 180 px the new width.

      I am sure my approach is not textbook, but should I worry about this?

      As much as I would love to move forward with the site, I want to learn from this experience and do this properly.

      Can you please take a look at the following pages and let me know what you think? I would really appreciate it.

      www.fastventures.co.uk/en/default.html

      www.fastventures.co.uk/en/sec3.html

      Thank you so much!
        • 1. Re: Single table page layout vs. nested tables
          d_pete Level 1
          I would think that the tables are okay but, try the validator at this address
          http://validator.w3.org/
          It found twenty errors in each of your pages. Nothing about the tables ,so I would think they are working fine.
          • 2. Re: Single table page layout vs. nested tables
            Level 7
            I wouldn't do it with merged and split cells. But if it works for you, then
            that's the method to use.

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            "HTML-Newbie" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
            news:fcc2qt$evl$1@forums.macromedia.com...
            > Hi,
            >
            > I?m working on another version of our website and the site displays
            > perfectly
            > across all browsers.
            >
            > The site pretty much consists of a single table because I had my fair
            > share of
            > alignment issues when I was working with nested tables. With other words,
            > an
            > image placed in a nested table wouldn?t properly align with the menu
            > above,
            > etc.
            >
            > Now, everything aligns perfectly, however, following this approach, I have
            > to
            > split certain cells into multiple cells to host the secondary navigation
            > menu
            > and page content.
            >
            > Now the visual guides display 760 (180) as values for the column, whereas
            > 760
            > px was the original width of the column and 180 px the new width.
            >
            > I am sure my approach is not textbook, but should I worry about this?
            >
            > As much as I would love to move forward with the site, I want to learn
            > from
            > this experience and do this properly.
            >
            > Can you please take a look at the following pages and let me know what you
            > think? I would really appreciate it.
            >
            > www.fastventures.co.uk/en/default.html
            >
            > www.fastventures.co.uk/en/sec3.html
            >
            > Thank you so much!
            >
            >


            • 3. Re: Single table page layout vs. nested tables
              HTML-Newbie Level 1
              Thanks for your valuable input. I will look into get these errors taken care of and explore if merging/splitting cells is truly necessary. Thanks, again.
              • 4. Re: Single table page layout vs. nested tables
                Level 7
                > explore if merging/splitting cells is truly necessary.

                It's not.

                If you need to merge cells, to achieve your layout, consider ending the
                table and starting a new one underneath (for horizontal merges). If you
                need to merge cells within a column, consider using an outer table with
                inner nested tables.

                If you need to split cells (horizontally), consider just nesting a new table
                with the desired cell configuration instead. If you need to split them
                vertically, you would use the same approach mentioned above.

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                "HTML-Newbie" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                news:fcebt0$3l6$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                > Thanks for your valuable input. I will look into get these errors taken
                > care of and explore if merging/splitting cells is truly necessary. Thanks,
                > again.