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Learn to Use HTML Tables and DIV tags Quickly

Tables have always been popular for simplifying the layout of information on web pages. Style sheets, however, are replacing the idea of a tabulated format. Tables are still popular, though, as they present a very popular layout for design-friendly interfaces. So the need for some kind of combination between plain table tags and styles has arisen.

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November 21, 2007
  1. · Learn to Use HTML Tables and DIV tags Quickly
  2. · Use of Table Style
  3. · The Use of the DIV tag
  4. · Combining the use of DIV and TABLE tags

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Learn to Use HTML Tables and DIV tags Quickly - Combining the use of DIV and TABLE tags
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So, as we have discussed here, the <DIV> tag is similar to the table tag in terms of how it can aid design composition on a web page. There is also a way to combine the usage of both TABLE and DIV tags. This example shows how they can be combined.

A style sheet should be used to apply the table properties and the DIV tags should be used to compose the page. Let us apply this to the code for a simple example:

<div id="Main Page">

<div id="row one">

<div id="left col">

<h4>Left Column</h4>

<p> Place any text here..</p>


<div id="center">

<h4>Center Column</h4>

<p> Place any text here..</</p>


<div id="right col">

<h4>Right Column</h4>

<p> Place any text here..</</p>




The DIV tag will follow the usual table rules and apply the styles below to display the table:

#Main Page {

display: table;


#row one {

display: table-row;


#left col, #center, #right col {

display: table-cell;


What is happening is a table simulation using DIV tags. The cell properties that are inherited by the table are in the style sheet above. This can be done quite erratically if not done properly, though the same principles apply when coding a style sheet to define the table cell properties.

The only browser where problems seem to occur is IE6. It seems Firefox and Opera are okay. When embedding any data inside the DIV container, the rows may not appear correctly once a lot of cells are added. If you do this carefully, though, it should work in all browsers.

That concludes this article. Once you get used to using styles with DIV tags in this way, you will move away from just plain TABLE tags eventually and create many nice front pages. Go on, DIV it up.

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