Article by Alice Hopkins
After loading a site have you ever found a blank page in place
of a table you had been expecting? If you check your table
codes you’d be missing out </TABLE>, <TR>
tags. Missing these tags can cause other problems as well.
Check your codes and fill in the missing tags to make your
1. A lot of unnecessary space in tables
is due to <BR> or <P> tags in places where not
needed. These may be outside the <TD> and</TD>
tags. Avoid such coding like:
<TR>for new table rows use only<TR> tags.
<BR>to make content in cell use <BR> between
<TD> & </TD> tags & not outside them
<TD>for more content write</TD>
Here <BR> tag is put in unnecessarily.
2. Always remember to nest tables i.e.
to put one table in another to as minimized limit as possible.
It makes a complex coding and it becomes difficult to find
mistakes to set them right. If you need a nesting table,
use indentions for your codes. Try a format like this. This
makes the coding easier to understand and correct.
3. Check your cell spacing and cell padding
if there is a wide gap between the edges. Check them with
the <TABLE> tag. Set them both to 0 to cancel any
space around table contents.
<TABLE cellspacing=”0” cellpadding=”0”>
4. Some tables are defined in percentages.
They become wide or thin with the browser or size of the
browser window. Such tables are used for more of text where
precise formats are not needed. Now here you can make use
of the advantage of adding as much text as you want not
concerning the screen size. Depending on your layout your
text is readable even on small windows. But for high and
low screen widths your table may appear unattractive. So
using this method do check your table look for different
screen widths. And also check out for heights.
5. Coming to pixel set up width screen
size does not affect the table size. You are now sure of
how your table will look. On the other hand you may leave
wide spaces for those at high resolutions and also the chance
exists of horizontal scrollbars to those having small screen
widths. There will be dreadful results then. Most often
they are set at 600 pixels for 640x480 pixel width windows.
This will make your table look much better except for some
spaces found in the high resolutions.
There are many more matters to be answered. However these
are good enough to be applied first.