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From giacomo <giac...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Forrest (a.k.a. xml.apache.org 2.0)
Date Tue, 18 Dec 2001 20:42:16 GMT
On Wed, 19 Dec 2001, David Crossley wrote:

> Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
>
> > 3) layout
> > ---------
> >
> > The layout previously proposed on this list was a solution to the speed
> > problem but I couldn't adapt it to the depth needs identified in the
> > rest of the goals.
> >
> > So, I resurrected my rusty web design skills and came up with the layout
> > you find attached. I've tested it on IE 5.5, NS 4.78 and Moz 0.9.5 on
> > win2k.
> >
> > Feedback, suggestions and criticisms are appreciated.
>
> This is really great that you have taken this on Stefano,
> many thanks. We will all help where we can.
>
> I used "View source" to look behind-the-scenes and i see
> that there are still tables embedded within tables embedded
> within other tables. I think that this will again lead to troubles
> on some browsers with the larger documents.
>
> I realise that there may be a need to use one table to achieve
> the left-hand columns. However, i would like us to minimise the
> need for embedded tables, especially in the main text panel.

Minimization is the key. Mostly you can build the initial layout using
three tables:

+----------------------+
!       HEADER         !
+----------------------+
+---+------------------+
! N !                  !
! A !                  !
! V !                  !
! - !     CONTEXT      !
! B !                  !
! R !                  !
! R !                  !
+---+------------------+
+----------------------+
!       FOOTER         !
+----------------------+

You can divide the HEADER and FOOTER table into more columns if needed.
You can also divide the NAV-BAR table into more rows as needed. But then
the CONTENT part is still where tables will be nested.

IMO this is the most seedy and portable way to support even older
browsers.

Giacomo

>
> --David Crossley
>
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