[thelist] Aligning tables in Netscape

.jeff jeff at members.evolt.org
Sat Oct 5 13:51:01 CDT 2002


> From: David Dorward
> > oh, you meant to use <div> tags instead of tables for
> > layout.  guess what, <div> tags weren't meant for
> > layout either.  tableless layouts aren't the solution
> > -- just a different set of problems.
> I don't remember claiming that <div> tags were designed
> for layout, they were design to divide a document up in
> to logical divisions. As the link I provided says:
>      "CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) was designed for
>      design and presentational issues"


> While CSS does have it's own set of problems, there are
> fewer of them then tabular layouts.

don't you mean the other way around?  if not, you'll have a hard time convincing me that there's better support for tableless layouts than for regular <table> layouts.  there are more hacks (via css) involved to get a tableless layout to work in even the most recent browsers, let alone how completely dissimilar the layout ends up being for non-css browsers.  you'll also have a difficult time convincing me that some of the layouts possible using good, old-fashioned tables are possible with a tableless layout.  i can hardly wait until the tableless layout proponents wake up one morning and decide they're tired of the 2 and 3 column floating div layouts that are the common replacement for <table>-based layouts.  then what?  oh, i know.  nest as many <div> tags as necessary and use absolute and/or relative positioning to get things where you want them.  how the heck is that better than using tables?



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