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By the end of this page you will be able to

  • Understand the pros and cons of using tables for page layout

Learning objectives - HTML Tables


The table tag should be used to display tabular data, rather than as a layout technique, though there are many web sites that do. Layout should be achieved via the Div tag and Cascading Style Sheets.


  • Search-able by all search engines without causing confusion
  • Only one page needs to be downloaded
  • Can be used to create separate sections on a page
  • Very easy to create a page layout

The cons…

  • The whole table needs to be downloaded leading to slower downloading
  • If used for navigation - as opposed to frames - links need to appear on all pages so pages tend to be larger
  • Tags can be messed up in different browsers
  • A large static site can be difficult to maintain if there are lots of links on each page

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VirtualMV/HTML/Basic/Layout/Tables. (2022). In WikiEducator/VirtualMV wiki. Retrieved August 20, 2022, from http:    (zotero)