Chapter 8. Tables

TABLES ARE INFAMOUS in the web standards world. At the slightest whisper of their name, web standards aficionados have been known to experience involuntarily muscle spasms and bouts of uncontrollable cursing. The table’s bad reputation comes from its prolific use as a means for laying out web pages—just a short casual web browse will reveal that most pages on the web have tables all over the place.

Figure 8.1. The illustrations in this chapter are taken from Event Wax (


They’re not the best choice for layout—CSS is (see Chapter 5, “Layout”), but they’re not entirely evil. A common mistake is believing that tables ...

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