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How do most people work? Do they just use hard-coded lengths all over?? Wew! That's about what I've decided to do!!
That's a really long way of saying - it's safe to put a fixed table in a percentage table, but it's not always safe to put a percentage table in a fixed table.
I have read that for 800X600 resolution, that if you keep your hard coded tables around 772 pixels in width, then you will not get a horizontal scroll bar. Some people try to keep the hard-coded widths around 752 to account for those users that keep the Microsoft toolbar open on the right hand side. But I really don't care about those people...
But that's what I'm doing, I have a parent table that surrounds my whole page, and it's width is 100%. Then I have child tables with hard-coded widths, paying careful attention to make sure that the widths of the rows, and the images within those rows do not exceed 772. So far it's working fine.
This is a great forum! Thanks for your help!!
fixed width tables nested in side parent tables with percentage widths, as the main table can expand or shrink to monitor resolution, but the nested table, is always the same, i would only consider other options if the nested table is massive (pushing past 500 pixels in width), due to some resolus still at 640*480, may force a once nice looking layout, into a terribly disfigured page.
The maximum I've gone with fixed widths is 780 with magin-left and margin-top at 0px. However, my tables are broken into two columns: 180 and 600 with the 180 being some navigation and announcements and the 600 being the primary content. I figure this way, anyone using a 640 resolution can scroll left/right once to concentrate on the area their interested in. I've had no complaints so far.
Also, ya'll have probably noticed that pretty much every site put online withing the last 6 months is designed for 800x600. --In other words, 640x480 have to scroll on most sites these days, they don't mind or they would've bought a monitor that's bigger than, say, 13" by now ;-)
Basically the only reason to design for resolutions under 800x600 anymore is if you're designing for keyboarded handhelds ;-)