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Old 11-01-2007, 03:25 AM   #1
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I just happened to come across this true classic explaining why layout tables are bad and thought not everyone might have seen it yet - so here it is...

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Old 11-01-2007, 03:51 AM   #2
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Nice page.

Unlike this one:

http://www.ctmpotterssupplies.co.uk/prod03.htm

- the people who run this business are very nice, but the web site is not.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:38 AM   #3
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That is truly impressive! I went and made a bowl of noodle soup while it loaded. Back now... (yum) - HTML validator plugin in Firefox tells me 1443 errors and 8673 warnings: even more impressive!

That is an excellent example of the difference between table layout and data tables - as well as how not to do the latter (even though they are obviously needed here).

I especially like the captions shoved into their own column, especially as used in
"Plastic Cutters
Designed
for use
by children".
The page weight of just 736,784 bytes for the HTML is hard to beat as well.

   
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:23 AM   #4
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I somehow missed that one. Thanks for the link.

   
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Ouch! Nice contrast to the Seybold one, though.

   
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I suspect it is an example of someone let loose in the Microsoft Office, and not even knowing how to use the typewriter properly.

I'm surprised you didn't have time to make a proper Rijstafel while it validated!

( For lurkers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_rice_table)
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:08 PM   #7
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They play havaoc when people copy what they think is simple text into a PCIS reply ...... and end up pushing everyone's width out beyond the screen width.

I spend a lot of time as a sysop going into the HTML editor and removing the <table> etc statements so that the messages that follow it are not distorted too.

   
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