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I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
However, I can't figure out how to do the following…

<table>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%">so me data that will 'stretch'</td>
<td valign="top" width="300">som e data that won't 'stetch'</td>
</tr>
</table>

Anyone?

TIA,
Toby Austin
Jul 20 '05 #1
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bo************* *@hotmail.com (Toby Austin) wrote:
I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
However, I can't figure out how to do the following…

<table>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%">so me data that will 'stretch'</td>
<td valign="top" width="300">som e data that won't 'stetch'</td>
</tr>
</table>


Show us what you are actually trying to do (using real content).

--
Spartanicus
Jul 20 '05 #2
bo************* *@hotmail.com (Toby Austin) wrote:
I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
However, I can't figure out how to do the following…

<table>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%">so me data that will 'stretch'</td>
<td valign="top" width="300">som e data that won't 'stetch'</td>
</tr>
</table>


Show us what you are actually trying to do (using real content).

--
Spartanicus
Jul 20 '05 #3
Toby Austin wrote:
I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
However, I can't figure out how to do the following.

<table>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%">so me data that will 'stretch'</td>
<td valign="top" width="300">som e data that won't 'stetch'</td>
</tr>
</table>


2 <div>s. Give them ids such as "content" and "sidebar".

Position the "sidebar", using { float: right } or { position: absolute }. It
has { width: 300px }.

Let the "content" just flow into position without positioning it. Don't set a
width.

Give the "content" a { margin-right: 310px }. Its stuff will then stay clear
of the sidebar.

--
Barry Pearson
http://www.Barry.Pearson.name/photography/
http://www.BirdsAndAnimals.info/
http://www.ChildSupportAnalysis.co.uk/
Jul 20 '05 #4
Toby Austin wrote:
I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
However, I can't figure out how to do the following.

<table>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%">so me data that will 'stretch'</td>
<td valign="top" width="300">som e data that won't 'stetch'</td>
</tr>
</table>


2 <div>s. Give them ids such as "content" and "sidebar".

Position the "sidebar", using { float: right } or { position: absolute }. It
has { width: 300px }.

Let the "content" just flow into position without positioning it. Don't set a
width.

Give the "content" a { margin-right: 310px }. Its stuff will then stay clear
of the sidebar.

--
Barry Pearson
http://www.Barry.Pearson.name/photography/
http://www.BirdsAndAnimals.info/
http://www.ChildSupportAnalysis.co.uk/
Jul 20 '05 #5
Barry Pearson ne**@childsuppo rtanalysis.co.u k wrote:
Toby Austin wrote:
I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
However, I can't figure out how to do the following.

<table>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%">so me data that will 'stretch'</td>
<td valign="top" width="300">som e data that won't 'stetch'</td>
</tr>
</table>


2 <div>s. Give them ids such as "content" and "sidebar".

Position the "sidebar", using { float: right } or { position: absolute }. It
has { width: 300px }.

Let the "content" just flow into position without positioning it. Don't set a
width.

Give the "content" a { margin-right: 310px }. Its stuff will then stay clear
of the sidebar.


however...there is generally no point attempting to recreate an old table
layout using css...why not create a new layout that uses the strengths of
css rather than use it to imitate the strengths of tables?

--
eric
www.ericjarvis.co.uk
"live fast, die only if strictly necessary"
Jul 20 '05 #6
Barry Pearson ne**@childsuppo rtanalysis.co.u k wrote:
Toby Austin wrote:
I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
However, I can't figure out how to do the following.

<table>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="100%">so me data that will 'stretch'</td>
<td valign="top" width="300">som e data that won't 'stetch'</td>
</tr>
</table>


2 <div>s. Give them ids such as "content" and "sidebar".

Position the "sidebar", using { float: right } or { position: absolute }. It
has { width: 300px }.

Let the "content" just flow into position without positioning it. Don't set a
width.

Give the "content" a { margin-right: 310px }. Its stuff will then stay clear
of the sidebar.


however...there is generally no point attempting to recreate an old table
layout using css...why not create a new layout that uses the strengths of
css rather than use it to imitate the strengths of tables?

--
eric
www.ericjarvis.co.uk
"live fast, die only if strictly necessary"
Jul 20 '05 #7
Eric Jarvis wrote:
Barry Pearson ne**@childsuppo rtanalysis.co.u k wrote:
Toby Austin wrote:
> I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
> However, I can't figure out how to do the following.
[snip] 2 <div>s. Give them ids such as "content" and "sidebar".

Position the "sidebar", using { float: right } or { position:
absolute }. It has { width: 300px }.

Let the "content" just flow into position without positioning it.
Don't set a width.

Give the "content" a { margin-right: 310px }. Its stuff will then
stay clear of the sidebar.


however...there is generally no point attempting to recreate an old
table layout using css...why not create a new layout that uses the
strengths of css rather than use it to imitate the strengths of
tables?


The OP simply wanted to put 2 lots of stuff side-by-side. That is sensible in
lots of cases. For example, it is a way of enabling the user to see the main
content & supplementary information in the viewport without (vertical)
scrolling between them.

I suspect that the original table was simply an attempt to achieve this layout
concept. Now, the OP wants to do it without tables. But the layout concept
remains valid.

Columns are very important. They enable the user, within seconds, to identify
where all the most important parts of the page are. And then to get to all of
them with just vertical scolling, for which there are various mechnical aids.
(I use a cordless batteryless mouse with a scroll-wheel).

The point is *not* to use the strengths of CSS! It is to achieve the objective
of communicating with the audience. And that may well be achieved with
side-by-side columns, that can jointly be accessed via vertical scrolling.

--
Barry Pearson
http://www.Barry.Pearson.name/photography/
http://www.BirdsAndAnimals.info/
http://www.ChildSupportAnalysis.co.uk/
Jul 20 '05 #8
Eric Jarvis wrote:
Barry Pearson ne**@childsuppo rtanalysis.co.u k wrote:
Toby Austin wrote:
> I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
> However, I can't figure out how to do the following.
[snip] 2 <div>s. Give them ids such as "content" and "sidebar".

Position the "sidebar", using { float: right } or { position:
absolute }. It has { width: 300px }.

Let the "content" just flow into position without positioning it.
Don't set a width.

Give the "content" a { margin-right: 310px }. Its stuff will then
stay clear of the sidebar.


however...there is generally no point attempting to recreate an old
table layout using css...why not create a new layout that uses the
strengths of css rather than use it to imitate the strengths of
tables?


The OP simply wanted to put 2 lots of stuff side-by-side. That is sensible in
lots of cases. For example, it is a way of enabling the user to see the main
content & supplementary information in the viewport without (vertical)
scrolling between them.

I suspect that the original table was simply an attempt to achieve this layout
concept. Now, the OP wants to do it without tables. But the layout concept
remains valid.

Columns are very important. They enable the user, within seconds, to identify
where all the most important parts of the page are. And then to get to all of
them with just vertical scolling, for which there are various mechnical aids.
(I use a cordless batteryless mouse with a scroll-wheel).

The point is *not* to use the strengths of CSS! It is to achieve the objective
of communicating with the audience. And that may well be achieved with
side-by-side columns, that can jointly be accessed via vertical scrolling.

--
Barry Pearson
http://www.Barry.Pearson.name/photography/
http://www.BirdsAndAnimals.info/
http://www.ChildSupportAnalysis.co.uk/
Jul 20 '05 #9
Barry Pearson ne**@childsuppo rtanalysis.co.u k wrote:
Eric Jarvis wrote:
Barry Pearson ne**@childsuppo rtanalysis.co.u k wrote:
Toby Austin wrote:
> I'm trying to replace <table>s with <div>s as much as possible.
> However, I can't figure out how to do the following. [snip] 2 <div>s. Give them ids such as "content" and "sidebar".

Position the "sidebar", using { float: right } or { position:
absolute }. It has { width: 300px }.

Let the "content" just flow into position without positioning it.
Don't set a width.

Give the "content" a { margin-right: 310px }. Its stuff will then
stay clear of the sidebar.


however...there is generally no point attempting to recreate an old
table layout using css...why not create a new layout that uses the
strengths of css rather than use it to imitate the strengths of
tables?


The OP simply wanted to put 2 lots of stuff side-by-side. That is sensible in
lots of cases. For example, it is a way of enabling the user to see the main
content & supplementary information in the viewport without (vertical)
scrolling between them.


absolutely agreed...howeve r the fact that it was presented as a code
snippet of table layout implies the OP isn't as yet prepared to take the
plunge and start thinking in terms of "raw design concepts" taken straight
to css...something I believe they will find far easier and more effective
than interposing old table techniques as an intermediary stage

--
eric
www.ericjarvis.co.uk
"live fast, die only if strictly necessary"
Jul 20 '05 #10

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