Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Table vs CSS layout for forms

Separating layout elements from your information is an essential element in web design. But when it comes to form design, sometimes its quicker to use the tables.

For example, I've done the last three web forms (10-30 fields) using CSS layout. They look good, but they took twice as long to write all the css to align the items in different patterns. What am I saving here? Were the styles reusable? Not really.

Lets face it we aren't going to be changing the entire look of our input forms. The page itself? Maybe.

Even in Eric Meyers CSS book he used tables for the input forms examples.

So in conclusion:
Styles for layout: Good.
Styles for forms: Think about designing around the table.


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