At 2:06 PM -0400 5/15/09, Tom Worster wrote:
for one thing, a table is a great way of representing relations
(http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Relation.html). data tables are the
example but very often a form's structure is a relation, e.g. between
and input fields, or between multiple input fields.
some of the best designed and behaving web sites i know use tables in
that a list apart would consider heathen.
However, there are occasions such as in a calendar where not using a
table would be more than difficult. I haven't received a decree yet as
to IF that would be considered column data or not.
I'm gonna differ on this one, when you simply float each calender item
to the left you're pretty much done, in many cases i find it easier than
I have, and continue to use, tables for forms. The main reason given for
not using tables is because they are not considered accessible by those
with disabilities. However, people with disabilities generally don't
have any problems with forms if the forms are properly labeled. So, I
think that's acceptable, but am sure heathen in css terms.
But whenever/wherever I can, I try to avoid using tables -- especially
IMHO the whole css vs table based layouts is a bit pointless, fact is
that as web developers and designers we're struggling to fulfil clients
needs, designers aesthetic demands and end user functionality using
languages that really aren't cut out for the job.
Sure we can manage to do and hack through things, but the second you
move away from a conventional style document with some hyper links
you've moved outside of the scope of html. So regardless of how we do
it, we're fitting square technologies in to round holes.
In fact the most fitting use of (x)HTML and CSS I've ever seen are the
RFCs and Specifications on w3c.org - styled usable "documents" - not
what many term as a website, and certainly not a flashy zippy glossy
ecommerce store with a tonne of effects and even more functionality.
It's a bit like creating a full glossy magazine in ms "paint" I guess.
so ultimately i guess it's a case of 3 cheers and a round of applause
for anybody who's thus far managed to create a website that works and
that the client likes!
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