Examples...Using Tables to position material

Standard Web page size: 1000 x 700 pixels (this blue table is 1000 pixels wide and 700 pixels high)
This is text inside your table. Check the settings to determine where the text is (top, bottom, centered -- also, a margin helps make the text more readable.


This text is centered (top to bottom) and has no margin.

One of the only ways to closely control the position your material in a web page is to put the text or pictures in a table.

Tables consist of rows and cells within those rows. You can set the format for cells individually, you can format rows, or you can format entire tables. You can create regular tables of even rows and columns, and you can merge any of the resulting cells to create different shapes.

This text is centered at the top of the yellow cell (see cell properties).... and has some a margin (cell properties, style, format, border, padding!!!). It is probably better to change this for the entire table (cell properties, style, format, border, padding).

Hopefully you will find that the text is a bit more readable.

Besides padding/margins, you should probably also consider the following style hints:

  • Don't use more than a couple of fonts on a single page (it may seem informative or cute, but it is more usually distracting)
  • Don't use odd colors -- again it is more often distracting than attractive

The disadvantage of tables is that they can be confusing or difficult to edit.