I will be using CSS for other thing, such as paragraph formatting, but, not
sure how to use it for creating tables and flowing text around graphics. Can
CSS really do all that? Still not sure if this will work because I don't
want the writers to have to type in any HMTL code at all if possible.

Here's a good example: One article may be a simple interview with some
images (this is easy to enter into a database). But another article about
new beauty products has a grid of images plus a short blurb about each
product next to the photo. This requires more intricate formatting with HTML
than an interview does.

I don't have a problem creating separate templates for these special types
of articles, but, it looks like I'd also have to set up separate database
tables to store this article data differently than it would be stored for a
simple interview. But, it would be better if all content was centrally
stored in one table to make searches better/easier...or am I expecting too
much from just one content table?

What to do, what to do!

> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Court Shrock)
> Newsgroups: php.db
> Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 11:31:20 -0800
> Subject: RE: [PHP-DB] Best way to store/retrieve content??
> I would try to use CSS, instead of complex tables.  That way, you only need
> to store the structural html in the database and the layout is handled by
> CSS--floating images and flowing text are really easy with CSS.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Monty [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 11:31 AM
>> Subject: [PHP-DB] Best way to store/retrieve content??
>> I'm writing some content management scripts for an online
>> magazine. Many
>> articles are formatted in a similar way, but some have a
>> unique page layout
>> that includes grids of photos, tables, etc.
>> I'm not sure if the best way to store content is in a
>> database so it can be
>> flowed into an article template, or to simply lay out the
>> page as HTML,
>> surrounding it with a simple include("header.php") and
>> include("footer.php")
>> for header/footer HTML and graphics. For articles that
>> require things like
>> tables, it would be a pain to have to write this HTML by hand
>> or lay it out
>> in Dreamweaver then copy and past the code into the database
>> field (using an
>> Admin web form).
>> Or, is it prudent to set up a custom table in the databse for
>> each type of
>> content so that a matching template can be used to format the
>> pages properly
>> without having to include all the HTML in the database with
>> the content
>> itself?
>> Hope this makes some sense. Just trying to figure out the
>> best way to tackle
>> this. All input is appreciated!
>> Monty
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