[thelist] fluid tables or fixed width; centred or left aligned tables for fixed layout.

emilia at netmastery.com.au emilia at netmastery.com.au
Mon Jun 4 21:39:22 CDT 2001

What is the consensus these days on whether to design the overall 
layout of site as full width (fluid), or fixed width (600, 750, 800 or 
other pixels)?

Taking 2 popular news sites in Oz as an example : 
http://www.smh.com.au/index.html  (fluid)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/ (fixed)

I think I have heard the arguments before, but perhaps new 
technologies in either web construction tools or web browser tools  
have changed things. 

What are the pros and cons of late?

Should it be different for a portal versus a corporate site?

If it is fixed width, should the table be centred... are there proven 
readability metrics?  


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