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Posted 24 September 2004 - 01:01 PM
Will this site really benefit from 'clean coding'?
Please inform me...
Posted 24 September 2004 - 01:31 PM
Did a designer really say that? How far are we removed from the old 28.8k modems
The point of using DIVS from a search engine / user point of view is:
Smaller file size less code == less bytes == faster loading
its more accessible to screenreaders...
The fact that the pages are smaller in file size means more efficient spidering - which can only be good.
Its more logical, spock. Tables are for tabular data, not design - as the W3C specifications say.
Another fact about tables is that the content will only appear on the page after the whole table(s) has loaded - whereas DIVS load based on the order of code.
I am sure there are more.... This is coming from a bloke who was pro tables about 2 months ago :S
Posted 24 September 2004 - 10:58 PM
There are a lot of very good reasons to eliminate unnecessary tables. IMO, file size and SEO aren't on that list of good reasons.
Posted 25 September 2004 - 04:36 AM
I was making a point about efficiency with the size bit.
What are yours Ron?
Posted 25 September 2004 - 09:14 AM
If you're talking about development efficiency, however, then I wholeheartedly agree that using unnecessary tables in a design can be an impediment.
Best I can tell, though, to return to Ted's question, from the standpoint of a search engine spider there really isn't any difference between tables and DIVs. At the end of the day, there's a whole lot of table-based pages ranking very high in the SERPs.
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