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Sizing your tables:

In this lesson we will cover how to determine the format of your table and how to size the table.

Sizing a table: 

There are 2 ways to size tables and cells, we can use pixels or the percentage (%) of the viewers screen.  In my opinion it is best to decide which method you will use for the entire table and not mix the two methods, although we can mix the two methods if we so choose

Screen resolution:

Boring subject but necessary.  Screen resolution is measured in pixels, the most common screen resolution (about 50% of users) is 800 pixels wide X 600 pixels in height, the second most common (about 45%) is 1024 pixels wide X 768 in height or larger.  Height really doesn't matter, but width does, we don't want to force the viewer to scroll in order to see the entire page.

There are a couple of ways to satisfy the majority of viewers.  We can set table size at 100% or less of the viewable screen, or set it in pixels to satisfy the most common (800 X 600).  I design pages using both methods.  To satisfy the smaller resolution setting, I set the table width at 756 pixels, this leaves room for scroll bars and margins.  When designing at 100%, bear in mind that if your monitor is set at 1024 or larger, viewers at 800 will see a very different screen than you do.  The browser will scrunch your 1024 page to 800, moving everything vertically.  Get in the habit of changing your screen resolution in order to see what other viewers see.

Next lesson:

Tables with multiple cells--->

 

Tozo
5-10-2003


 
 

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