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    Design with tables or CSS for a client?

    I normally design all of the sites I do with CSS layouts, but I'm confused as to what I should do for a friend's template. My friend would me to create a one page template. He will use it to create additional pages on his site and add/edit content whenever he wants to update info on his site. He will only use FrontPage, isn't familiar with hand coding and doesn't want to buy any other programs.

    I was wondering if it would be best to design his site using tables so he can easily make changes to his pages through the WYSIWYG editor? I haven't used FrontPage in a long time but I'm betting that a page won't display properly in 2002 if it's designed with divs and CSS.
    John Saunders

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    Tough call.

    In being a purist (or anal, whichever term you prefer), you might try to educate your friend a bit on XHTML/CSS. Put a guilt trip on him similar to those given to people who litter on the highway - stop putting crap on our Internet!

    Or you could turn up the realism, realize you're really just helping a friend out, and that if you CAN faciliate his taking over the project then you SHOULD design it with him in mind.

    I'd give the first method a try if I were you, knowing full well it wouldn't work with any of my friends. I'd also end up doing it with XHTML/CSS anyway - simply because if you're going to ask for my help, I'm going to do it my way. And you will be damned if you choose not to learn.

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    I use Dreamweaver and many of my clients use Contribute to add and update pages. I use a combination of tables and CSS to make it as easy as possible for them.

    Contribute supports many CSS standards. Contribute is only about $99 so anyone can afford it and it is easy to learn.

    I avoid Front Page at all costs.


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