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Is it okay to use a nested table?

12:59 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is it okay to use a nested table? Will search engines still read the site?


1:13 am on Aug 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Search engines will still read it. However, one disadvantage of overly-complex nested tables for layout is that the code-to-content ratio is big, which will drop the page lower in search engine rankings. A CSS layout usually gives a much smaller code-to-content ratio and therefore better search engine rankings. There are many other reasons why CSS is usually better than nested tables for layout, search this site for heaps of info!
4:25 pm on Aug 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It also goes against 508 accessability guidelines. 508 guidelines recommend that if you **must** use table layouts, do it so that it reads in a logical order, but do not nest tables, find another way.

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