Can you easily switch a table layout site to a css layout?

I have a site that I just built with freeway pro all in the table layout. I am also reading a book about html/css that recommends website be in css layout for web standard presentation. So I am wondering if clicking the css button in freeway outputs the site, or page, or just the item that you are working on in css? while the rest is in table? confused about how the button is implemented. thanks.


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The blue button doesn’t transform your layout into a true CSS based layout. It more or less generates the architecture it gets built in. For example it won’t take your tables and turn them into CSS DIV’s, it will create a DIV ID (layered item) and wrap your table items in it, but they’ll still be tables. That’s why XHTML Transitional is formed to accommodate that “mix of tables and CSS” while XHTML Strict format is meant for just CSS DIV items (usually, no tables).

If it was a magic button Softpress should have made it gold and shiny, instead it’s blue.


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But with the button on everything that you create from then on will be layered (CSS)

If you want to change the whole site then you will need to go and check the Layer check box for every item (starting with your Masters) but bear in mind that this can give unexpected consequences when it comes to overlapping items.

Best to start with new pages/masters as a slightly different construction method is required which requires a bit of planning - have a look at Dan’s Web Casts at http://danjasker.blogspot.com/

Especially the Box Model one.

David


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Thanks for your responses, I am really enjoying learning more about freeway.

I have quiet a few items using layer checked, probably more then 50% of my items. Whenever something goes haywire, layering things is often the first thing I do since it often clears up the problem. I often layer items and keep them from combining with others to keep problems from occuring, and it allows me to see pixel measurements to the edge of the page rather than the item, which makes things less confusing. Are these generally good practices? or not?

Is there an instance where you wouldn’t want to layer items?

So many questions to ask…a little overwhelming at times.

Thanks


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I usually keep form items un-layered just to keep the structure of them intact across the board. Recently though i’ve written them out manually and it works just as well. I guess the best answer would be to use them when it works best.

As far as extra questions, ask away. It’s why the forum is here.


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I have quite a few items using layer checked, probably more then 50%…

If this is the case then you are almost there. Just leave the CSS button on from now on and dive in here if you need some help. But as Dan suggests there are some circumstances where it useful not to have a layered item.

David


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As someone moving more into doing web design as a part time business, it sounds like i should make future sites with the css button checked, for best css standards.

-For html output would it be good set the site at html transitional rather than strict to accomodate the mix of table and css layout?


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There’s no real reason to pick one or the other if the only difference is table- or div-based layout, or even a mix of the two. Strict just means that you have followed a strict doctype, transitional means you have followed a transitional doctype.

Strict keeps you from using iframes, target attributes on your links, and a few other things. Transitional lets you use them if you like or need.

A valid transitional page will look pretty much the same as a valid strict page, whether you are looking at the code or the rendered page.

Walter


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