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All about Tables
Tips on Tables
Use Fixed Tables for Faster Rendering

All about Tables:

Tables are made up of rows and columns of cells that can contain anything you might put on a page, such as text, images, forms ActiveX controls or FrontPage components. You can use tables to arrange data systematically or to organise the layout of a page. A table allows you to display text in side-by-side paragraphs or arrange text next to graphics. Use a table to simulate columns of text, or use a fixed-pixel-width column to provide a margin for text on a page. 

You can create a table quickly with the Draw Table command, which lets you define a table just by drawing the borders of the table, columns, and rows. After you create a table, you can customise it by adding rows and columns, changing the size of cells, and adding a caption. You can also convert existing text to a table and vice-versa.

When you type text in a cell or insert text, images, forms and so on, the cell expands horizontally and vertically to accommodate the elements that are typed or inserted. You can edit, format, and specify properties for the text or inserted element, as well as for the table cell, row, column, or table itself. You can easily resize cells, columns, rows, or the entire table by dragging borders.

Tips on Tables:

Column 1Column 2
Row 1Right, BottomLeft, Bottom
Row 2Right, TopLeft, Top

Use Fixed Tables for Faster Rendering:

The first way to increase download speed is to use the CSS2 fixed-layout property on all of your tables. The fixed-layout property allows the browser to start drawing your tables right away, rather than calculating the size first and then rendering. You can add this tag without affecting any older browsers (including Netscape Navigator, WebTV, and others).

<TABLE STYLE="table-layout:fixed">
. . .