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I think your request is unlikely to happen since you're asking Dreamwweaver to create invalid HTML code.
There is no <td> cell attribute for width or height in the specs
thus any browser which honours your table cell dimensions is doing so out of goodwill, not good coding practices.
Unfortunately, as tempting as it looks, dragging table cell borders in DW Design View is not good practice. HTML tables are not the same as Excel or Word or InDesign. They are by nature flexible and elastic. Thus, when DW clears dimensions to your chagrin, it is leaning towards its natural tendency to produce robust HTML tables in the best way it knows how.
Do you have a link showing an example of the kind of pages and tables that you're producing?
Oh yes, sorry, I forgot about that. But I did try it the correct way: putting table widths inside css. What happened was I couldn't then any more drag the borders at all. So that destroys what's good about Dreamweaver: the graphical WYSIWYG interface. Is there a proper way to do this? I need:
- to be able to drag the borders with mouse
- to do a great number of tables quickly, each table has completely different cell sizes and merged cells
Dragging borders is poor web design practice. It's not how HTML tables work.
Do you have an example of the kind of tables you're producing?
Sorry, it's not online. Well, if dragging border is poor web design, then I guess I have to withdraw my request. I'm still going to use borders dragging, though. Why is the functionality there if it's so bad?
How about this example: Just a table with one row, 5 cells. I have a bunch of text inside all cells. For layout purposes, I need to have some cells narrow, some wide, pixel perfect. I need to play around with the widths in order to eventually find the proper visual balance. How do you suggest I do this? I put all widths inside css and manually calculate and insert all (or many) cell widths every time I want to refresh and see the new version?
CSS based layouts are infinitely better than tables. CSS Zen Garden demonstrates how one markup (HTML) can assume many different styles with CSS alone. This is the modern web standard.
From Tables to CSS Web Design Part 1 -
From Tables to CSS Web Design Part 2 -
Well, if dragging border is poor web design, then I guess I have to withdraw my request. I'm still going to use borders dragging, though. Why is the functionality there if it's so bad?
I agree, why?
It's been in DW for donkey's years but it's not a good approach. DW began in the late 90s when tables were all the rage. Everyone was dragging their borders and filling their tables with spacer gifs (ugh) for "pixel perfect" layouts. Then the web matured, gradually tables were out and CSS was in. Dreamweaver watched the trends carefully and slowly updated its interface. Some bad habits remain but hopefully not for much longer.
In the meantime, feel free to drag away but be aware that that functionality is on borrowed time - unless you never upgrade again of course.