Most effective website design

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Hi, I am wondering what the most effective design format would be? The last time I designed a website was when frames were brand new circa 1991.

Today. :lol: we have flash, css, etc.. I still think old school - tables and cells via html with notepad <grin>.

So, in order to be compatable with the all browser types which method is preferable.. old school - table/cells or css?

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Actually tables/cells are effected by CSS, you really can't pit them against eachother.
It's like asking if a bowl or the paint that colors the bowl is better, it just doesn't make sense.


Now, getting past misunderstandings here, sticking with table based layouts really only displays a lack of understanding for what's possible with [X]HTML.
It's like building an entire house out of kitchen cabinets, possible, but there's better materials available for each part of the house.
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I'd say if you're jumping back into web design a good thing to focus on is keeping as much of your style in an external CSS file as possible- including your style for the layout.

Aside from that, validate all your code with W3C and that will help make sure everything stays nice and cross-browser compatible.
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I don't know about everybody else, but I like CSS rather than a table based layout... and I like PHP includes over frames.
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Thank you for your replies. As I dabble with the art of website design I have come to really enjoy "external style sheets". I find the learning curve very slight as they allow me to call upon programming "nesting" principles. Precision layout seems easier. Yes, Jameson I recognize the value of "validation". I validated my web pages a few days ago and realized that they were a mess - anywhere from 10 to 80 errors. The biggest culprits were my table based designs. My CSS designs all passed... hmmmm..
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I would use CSS or they call it web 2.0
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Oh, also I would stay away with frames and iframes if I can. B/c they are not so good for search engines..
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tbx_3001 wrote:
I would use CSS or they call it web 2.0

Last time I checked, CSS is not synonymous with 'Web 2.0'.

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