Tables vs. No Tables

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  1. zaricpp

    zaricpp New Member

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    Is it a good idea to use an invisible table in your site? I've heard both and would like some clarification.

    Thank you,

    Zaricpp.
     
  2. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    in any case a quick look at the source will show it up, so it'll never be invisible!
     
  4. zaricpp

    zaricpp New Member

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    What i Thought

    That's what I thought. Thanks guys.
     
  5. ronaldroe

    ronaldroe Super Moderator Staff Member

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  6. krymson

    krymson Member

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    Tables XI

    css :D

    Tables havent been used in web "DESIGN" since the 90's they are used in shopping cart systems as an example to show data from a data base so its cool in that aspect cause the items are tabular data.
     
  7. notarypublic

    notarypublic New Member

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    When browsers read tables, they actually have to read them twice - the first time is to calculate their dimensions for rendering, the second time is to fill them with content. While the idea that search engines can't read the data in tables for SEO is a myth, but it will increase load times dramatically. Long load times will affect your page ranking.

    Also, CSS layouts are usable across multiple pages and can be changed all at once by changing the CSS rules. Tables cannot.
     
  8. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    in an ideal world yes, but unfortunately that is not the case, they are still being used by a lot of folk and I wish it would go away, just like IE6.
     
  9. helloworld

    helloworld New Member

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    I am also on team DIVs!
    However.. if you are working in collaboration with other developers, you may consider tables.. as a lot of people will break your site due to lack of div/css knowledge & carelessness.
     
  10. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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    anyone who calls themselves a developer should know how to code properly: their problem, not yours (assuming your using valid code) advocating tables just cos some other people are about 10 years out of date doesn't help anyone
     
  11. bcee

    bcee New Member

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    +1. Tables should never be used for layout.
     
  12. PixelPusher

    PixelPusher Super Moderator Staff Member

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    +2 Use 'em only where they are appropriate.
     
  13. mhack122

    mhack122 New Member

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  14. anna

    anna New Member

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  15. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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  16. Pheno

    Pheno New Member

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    This debate was won long ago. Use tables if you want to display a table, for everything else use divs.
     
  17. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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    i think that this has pretty much been firmly established now, unless anyone else wants to repeat what's been said. again.
     

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