Table Layout in CSS
CSS Table Rendering in Detail
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2016
Pages: 44

Isn’t table layout something web designers want to avoid? Yes, but rather than use tables for layout, this book is about the ways that tables themselves are laid out by CSS, a process more complicated than it appears. This concise guide takes you on a deep dive into the concepts necessary for understanding CSS and tables in your web layout, including table formatting, cell alignment, and table width.

Short and deep, this book is an excerpt from the upcoming fourth edition of CSS: The Definitive Guide. When you purchase either the print or the ebook edition of Table Layout in CSS, you’ll receive a discount on the entire Definitive Guide once it’s released. Why wait? Make your web pages come alive today.

You’ll explore:

  • Formatting—learn how elements such as display values, anonymous objects, and table layers relate to each other when you assemble CSS tables
  • Cell border appearance—understand two distinct approaches (the separated model and the collapsed model) that govern how (or if) borders merge
  • Table sizing—determine table width by using either a fixed- or automatic-width layout, and learn how heights are calculated
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Very Thorough, but not much new if you use lots of tables

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    Comments about oreilly Table Layout in CSS:

    Tables are the bread and butter of our web presentation, so I was curious if there was anything I hadn't seen before. There was one bit about how column widths are calculated that was interesting and new to me. Beyond that I believe I'd seen or read all of the other material before.

    That said, if you do much table work and aren't already a guru you'll get something out of this book. The precedence discussion is clear and useful and the book is clear and well written.

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