Web Development & Design Foundations with HTML5

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Chapter 8 Tables

While back in the day tables were often used to format the layout of a web page, CSS is the page layout tool of choice for modern web developers. In this chapter, you'll become familiar with coding HTML tables to organize information on a web page.

Focus on Web Design

Good artists view and analyze many paintings. Good writers read and evaluate many books. Similarly, good Web designers view and scrutinize many web pages. Explore the Web and find two web pages, one that is appealing to you and one that is unappealing to you. Review the pages and answer the following questions for each one.

  1. What is the URL of the website?
  2. Does this page use tables? If so, for what purpose—page layout, organization of information, or another reason?
  3. Does this page use CSS? If so, for what purpose—page layout, text and color configuration, or another reason?
  4. Is this page appealing or unappealing? List three reasons for your answer.
  5. If this page is unappealing, what would you do to improve it?

Review Activities

Review flash card activities are available for this chapter.
Check your knowledge of chapter terms and concepts.

Chapter Updates

  • Page 365 Hands-On Practice 8.3
    In #4 the last line of the code sample should be:
    padding-bottom: 0.5em; }

  • Page 367 Hands-On Practice 8.4
    In #5 you will configure the first row to have a dark-blue background (#006).

  • Pacific Trails Case Study, Page 378
    Figure 8.15 replacement

  • Prime Properties Case Study, Page 381, Task 3:
    The table should have four columns instead of five columns.

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