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table size -- pixels vs percent

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by higginsbl, Apr 14, 2004.

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  1. higginsbl

    higginsbl Thread Starter

    Aug 17, 2001
    In Dreamweaver there is an option to make your table a certain size based on pixels (ie: 600 pixels wide) or based on percent of the browser window (ie: 100% of the window). Though I can SEE the actual difference in browsers when I choose one over the other, I do not know what the advantages of disadvantages of setting up a table in one fashion over the other. Somewhere along the line I remember someone saying it is better to go by pixel size than percent, but I don't know why.

    Any information will be appreciated.


  2. shadowboss


    Jan 12, 2004
    Hi there,

    The advantage of using percentage over absolute dimensions is that no matter what screen resolution your users view your site with (i.e. 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, etc.) the proportionality of your table will be consistent. Imagine how terrible it would look if you developed a table to be 1024 pixels wide (absolutely) and your visitor comes with his/her resolution at only 800 pixels wide. The browser would display an ugly scroll bar so they could navigate left to right.

    So, you have to decide which method will work for your particular design. You may want to have a nested table with absolute dimensions rather than percentages in some cases.

    Maybe this wasn't the answer you were looking for, but hopefully it provided you some insight into the difference between the two. Good luck!
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