WPDFD Issue #61 - April 01, 2003

Turning the tables

Tableless layouts have become something of a holy grail for forward-thinking Web designers. It's almost as if the use of tables has been totally banned or deprecated by the W3C – they haven't! Table-based layouts can still validate 100%. Tables are still used for layout purposes in most sites these days but undoubtedly, there is a definite movement towards using Cascading Style Sheets for layout instead – after all, that's what CSS is for.

I find it difficult to pass a book store without going in and once in, I find it even more difficult to leave without an armload of new books. Whether you are looking for intellectual, technical or visual stimulation, you just can't have too many. Web design books come thick and fast these days and cover the whole gamut of subject matter. This month I'm going to look at four new books that will be of particular interest.

W3C 'Valid' Logos

If your pages pass the appropriate W3C validation tests for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 or CSS, you are invited to add one of these 'W3C logos to the page as a kind of 'badge of honour'. One thing that confuses designers about validation is which standard they should be validating against. Well, it's like this. If you have a Doctype that says:- <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"> That is what is determining the validity of your HTML against W3C HTML 4.01 Transitional standards.