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Absolute vs. Relative Table Widths

Your software lets you determine whether the width of the table will be absolute or relative. If you choose an absolute pixel width, such as 400, then your table will remain that exact size no matter how a visitor changes the size of their browser window. If you choose a relative percentage, then the table will resize according to the size of the browser window. You almost always want to set absolute values for the width of your tables and the individual cells. See the dialog box on the opposite page.

Tables can be frustrating because they don’t always behave well. And even if you use the most current software, browsers sometimes have trouble displaying complicated tables accurately. Start with a simple table and really learn the techniques for managing it. Then work your way up to more complex tables.

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