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Tables: to <table> or not to <table>

15 February 2009 by philhart · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Tables: HTML or Images

The first two tables below that you see below are constructed using HTML.

NW North NE
West M East
SW South SE
NW North NE
West M East
SW South SE

These next two tables are the same two tables above, only using a screenshot instead.
Image of a table

I don’t know about you, but I reckon the first two tables look better.

2 Comments so far ↓

  • Ken Allan

    Kia ora e Phil!

    I just dropped by to have a look at your tables, as it were. In my browser (I use Firefox) I have to zoom in a tad or so before any fuzziness would be a problem for me, especially since the font colour appears charcoal-grey rather than black. On the other hand, some people like the ‘soft look’; I’m not so fond of the latter in data tables.

    I can’t help thinking that a lot of this is personal preference. For instance, I’d prefer a table with a thin line between cells or no line at all rather than visible borders on every cell.

    But I’ also aware that others have different likes and dislikes. It’s the same with numbering bullets:

    [1 - 2 - . . . or 1. - 2. - . . . or 1) - 2) - ... etc]

    Catchya later

  • philhart

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for the comment. I think you are quite right about personal preferences. I hate fuzzy (or “soft look”) presentation of anything, as it makes me wonder at the time if there is something wrong with my eyesight, and I do prefer to see with the utmost clarity. :)

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