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html table trick



4:27 pm on Jul 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

I'm new at SEO work and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me step-by-step how the table trick works and where the coding is placed on the page.


11:13 am on Jul 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Huh?! WHAT table trick? A trick to accomplish what?


11:23 am on Jul 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Is this [delorie.com] what you mean ?


11:42 am on Jul 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I think magicman is probably refering to using a table so that the code for a left hand side menu appears after main body of the text. I am sure this has come up before, but I can't find in the forums.

Probably goes something like this:

1x1 spacer gif
<td rowspan=2>
main page text

I could be way off base though.


4:58 am on Jul 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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We discussed the old table trick in this thread [webmasterworld.com].

[edited by: tedster at 4:17 am (utc) on Dec. 3, 2004]


5:39 am on Jul 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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or put your navbar on the right side. thats what i do. people read left to right...id rather them see the page content THEN the navigation.


3:46 pm on Jul 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

I Would like to say a big thank you
for helping me guys!


6:37 pm on Jul 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Ahhhhh.... very interesting. However, I hate it. Rowspan?! Yuck!

I am skeptical of the premise that the search engine is better off reading the body of the page before the navigation elements instead of after.

I think it depends on the site, what kind of searches you are expecting and optimizing for, and what your navigation area looks like.



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