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is css sculptor capable of creating tables?

Thread began 10/31/2009 2:08 pm by mikeybabe | Last modified 11/02/2009 5:55 am by mrs | 1180 views | 4 replies |

mikeybabe

is css sculptor capable of creating tables?

I want to create a particular layout and it has to accommodate tables. Is css sculptor capable of doing that?

If so how do I do this?

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anonymous

You could always add a table into your design later... I don't know that I understand what you're asking. If you are trying to create your layout in tables, that would not be a good idea for a number of reasons... tables should be used only for tabular data. Tables within layouts are ok... layouts within tables are bad.

Best regards,

Brian

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mikeybabe

Yes tables within the layout

I find css does not give great control over text placement. I find myself still using tables with in the design to get the results that I want but thought that maybe there was a facility to do this and add it within sculptor ?

Obviously not ?

so I add it after the event which probably messes with validation?

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anonymous

Mikey,

That was the point of CSS - to give greater control over placement with a much cleaner structure and less weight than tables - not to mention with css, it separates the presentation layer from the content layer (allowing you to add a new stylesheet and replace the entire design around your content). I can promise you that CSS can do far more with text positioning than tables - unless it is truly tabular data that your displaying.

Do you have an example of what you're trying to accomplish. My guess is that you just need to get up to speed with a few more attributes in CSS. I, as well as others, can help with that.

Cheers,

Brian

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mrs

I have to say that I wasn't too comfortable with CSS before I bought this extension, so I kept designing sites with tables for structure for quite a while. You really need to sit and play with CSS sculptor for a good few hours to figure out what it is capable of.

Start with a preset; I often use a fixed width 2 or 3 column with a header and footer and often include navigation. From there I play with the settings, click apply and then click the preview to see how it sits in a browser. This tool has been invaluable for my education in CSS and I am now far more comfortable than I ever thought I would be. The big benefit of CSS is that if you make a design change, you just upload the CSS file... if you make a change to a table, it will more than likely be within a template, and then you have to upload every page that is based on that template.

There was one occasion where CSS proved to be more effort and way more time than using a table, so, I used a table, but it was a simple 4 cell table. A header, 2 columns, and a footer. Each cell was separated by 20 pixels so I could display the background between each cell, but I wanted the two columns to be the same height... it turned out to be far easier and more stable across all browsers to use a table. However, if I need to make a change to the design as a whole, I have to change the template and upload every page on my site.

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