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  1. #1
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    Hi, I tried googling this and didn't get too far. A few of the search engine optimizors I am trying all indicate that my body text is below my links and such in the left column. I heard that there is a way to put a blank cell or shim in one of the cells to redirect the spider to your content?

    Can someone walk me through the table HTML or technique to do this?

    Moderator, if this belongs in HTML programming by all means move it please!

    Thanks,

    Harvey
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    Hi,
    You need to use the rowspan property of the table. For example use the following code. It contains 2 columns: one body and a menu. BUt the body appears first and the menu appears next. But to the visitor the menu is on the left.

    <table border = 1>
    <tr>
    <td></td><td rowspan = 2>test body</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td>menu</td>
    </tr>
    </table>

    Hope this helps.

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    Never thought of doing that. Thanks Gas Scooter for bring that up. Thanks Tycoon for the example. And thanks to the Fates for actually letting me find this post because "NEW POSTS" STILL AIN'T WORKING!
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    Or you can use css which lets you put your body text first, and cuts down on the amount of html verbage surrounding it.

    There are a couple of 2 and 3 column CSS layouts pretty well documented around the web that work this way. takes a little while to wrap your head around what's happening, but I use thema lot now.

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    Yeah. It is better to do it in css. I would reccommend that too. It is the best thing to happen next to html . But in case you are not comfortable with css, use the table method.
    I use a lot of css too in my sites. It is very easy once you learn it and it can save a lot of headaches and clean code.
    Hope that helps.

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    If you have a clean slate then definitely got for the CSS approach

    I went back to an old site yesterday that I had done with tables rather than CSS and it was a real pain to do layout changes.

    For a good intro on the CSS approach see

    http://www.bluerobot.com/web/layouts/

    And for a really impressive demo of the flexibility that CSS can provide see
    http://www.csszengarden.com/
    where the same content can be redisplayed in a whole variety of visitor supplied CSS formats.



    Les

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    Hmmm...I will definitely visit the links you have provided, but am suprised that CSS would be of use for table management. I thought is more for determining the attributes of backgrounds, fonts, characters etc.

    In a nutshell, how would it apply to structuring your tables?

    Thanks,

    Harvey

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    Jeez louise...I just went through the Zen Garden link he provided. That's pretty impressive. Not sure how it all works or can be applied to my non-zen Gas Scooter site, but it makes the point as to the power of CSS.

    Thanks,

    Harvey
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    For those trying to get the table layout to work in anything besides IE: Add "padding: 0px" to the empty cells as a style or part of a class.
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