Laying Out Pages in Layout Mode
One common method for creating a page layout is to use HTML tables to position elements. Tables can be difficult to use for layout, however, because they were originally created for displaying tabular data, not for laying out web pages. To streamline the process of using tables for page layout, Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 provides Layout mode.
In Layout mode, you can design your page using tables as the underlying structure, while avoiding some of the problems that often occur when creating table-based designs using traditional means.
For more information about working with tables in Standard mode, see Presenting Content with Tables. Or, as an alternative to using tables in Standard or Layout mode, you can use CSS positioning to lay out pages (see Inserting div tags for layout).
This chapter contains these sections:
About Layout mode
Switching from Standard to Layout mode
Drawing in Layout mode
Adding content to a layout cell
Clearing automatically set cell heights
Resizing and moving layout cells and tables
Formatting layout cells and tables
Setting column width
Setting preferences for Layout mode