tables and stylesheets

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when you create tables in pages.. it creates a lot of code..

you can use a stylesheet to format the table and set its properties.. this i know..

my question is this..

how important is it in terms of seo...

i know that the less code on the page, the smaller the file size, and the better it is...

but if you have a page, with about 4 or 5 lines of table code before your main body text, it is 'disadvantageous'?

would it be a much better idea in terms of SEO to set the table properties in the style sheet and then just use the table id in the main html...

does it make that big a difference.?/

anyone.?
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antonyx wrote:
does it make that big a difference.?/


It will not effect SEO... however it will make the site more accessible for visually impaired users and if you follow structurally correct XHTML your site will be "more" ready for better compatibility with mobile and other devices (Web TV etc...). CSS has many more advantages that will contribute to cost savings and more convertions ... its all going to be about Ambient Findability in the future and not SEO.
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thanks very much for that.. i needed to hear from someone who knows what they are on about.

i am using a style sheet for my headers.. body text and so on..

i also realise that certain browsers also interpret stylesheets in different ways.. especially when it comes to table layouts.. but i will do my best to ensure the page is fully accessible and compatible.

would you happen to know a site that provides useful information on current compatibility and html standards...

for example, the iso charset for pages, and the line of code that goes on top of pages to say its a html page and things of that sort?
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Right DOCTYPE!:
http://www.alistapart.com/stories/doctype/

You can view the source of my best mark-up website as a text book example: http://www.changeinmind.com

Latest Accessibility News:
http://www.accessify.com

Expert Accessibility Forum (UK site but all welcome):
http://www.accessifyforum.com

The W3C Markup Validation Service:
http://www.validator.w3.org

The W3C CSS Validation Service:
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

UK Law:
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/accessuk/

US Law:
http://www.section508.gov/

A good book about the future:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/ambient/

I dont know much about charset but iso-8859-1 and UTF-8 seem to be used by most. If you copy and paste from word into a custom CMS I find UTF-8 can mess up so I always use iso-8859-1

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