HTML and CSS Reference
17.3. Tricks with Tables
By design, tables let authors create appealing, accessible tables of in-
formation. But the table tags also can be exploited to create innovative,
attractive page designs that are otherwise unattainable in standard HTML
17.3.1. Multicolumn Pages
One very common and popular page-layout element missing from HTML
and XHTML is multiple columns of text. Here's a tip on how to use tables
to achieve that effect. [*]
[*] Okay, it's true that earlier versions of Netscape supported the <multicol> extension. No longer.
This is a more universal solution.
220.127.116.11. Basic multicolumn layout
The basic two-column layout using <table> has a single table row with
three data cells: one each for the columns of text and an intervening
empty cell to more attractively separate the two columns. We've also ad-
ded a large cellspacing attribute value to create additional intervening
space between the columns.
The following example HTML table is an excellent template for a simple
two-column text layout:
<table border=0 cellspacing=7>
<td>Copy for column 1...
<td>Copy for column 2...