Section 11.4. Summary


11.4. Summary

Even if you're quite familiar with table layout from years of table-and-spacer design, the mechanisms driving such layout are rather complicated and not at all deterministic. Due to the legacy of HTML table construction, the CSS table model is row-centric, but it does, thankfully, accommodate columns and limited column styling. Thanks to new features that affect cell alignment and table width, you now have even more tools for presenting tables in a pleasing way.

The ability to apply table-related display values to arbitrary elements opens the door to creating table-like layouts using HTML elements such as div, or in XML languages where any element could be used to describe layout components. As of this writing, most browsers other than Internet Explorer support the application of table-related display values to arbitrary elements. Even in its current form, CSS makes presentation more sophisticated, as does the subject of the next chapter: generated content.




CSS(c) The Definitive Guide
CSS: The Definitive Guide
ISBN: 0596527330
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 130
Authors: Eric A. Meyer

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