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help with general overview for new site design, tables, centering and dmx

Posted on 2003-11-14
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I've just been sent a design that needs re-design.  It's striking, but it's done with frames (4 frames).  they are skewed so although each is squared off, they intersect at the bottom lower right of the screen.  The navigation is on the top right.  The lower two "quadrants" are shorter.  The logo is on the lower right.

The client likes the design.  I think I can maintain this design without using frames, but the idea of percentage or size of cells and overall size of tables AND whether or not to center has always been elusive to me.  I want this viewable on all typical size resolutions and typical browsers.  

Can someone help me with advice on cureent ways to keep the page centered, and resizable?  I know some of the old ways are being phased out and I want to avoid that.  I'm using Dreamweaver MX  (not yet upgreaded to 2004, but soon will.)

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Hi linque.
I think it's great that you're taking the site from frames to individual pages, I'm sure your client will be happy with the result.

The most normal way, as far as I know, in making a site with 'liquid' design, resizeable tables, is to use the whole screen. That way, centered or not centered is not an issue. Simple set your table to be 100% width or so, and then set one column to an absolute width (250px for example) and the second column to stretch the rest of the available space.

There's some great articles about this kind of deisgn on some of my favorite pplaces on the web:
Liquid Design for the Web - http://www.evolt.org/article/Liquid_Design_for_the_Web/20/15177/
What is Liquid Design? - http://www.sitepoint.com/article/951
Liquid Design Tutorial - http://www.digital-web.com/tutorials/tutorial_1999-10.shtml

If you want more 'hands-on' help with how to implement this into your design, you should provide the website address so we know exactly what kind of design we're looking at :-)

Let me know!

-klykken
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hi!  I"m trying to accept your answer, and right now the software isn't letting me!!!   I'm clicking
accept and it's telling me there is an "internal error"..    so... I guess I need to wait a bit..  anyway, I'm checking in, and I'll get back to you.  If not better I'll contact them.
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Answer is accepted now :-)

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

-klykken
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