In my career as a web developer, I’ve helped build many web applications that require the display of tabular data in a clean and simple fashion. Over time, I’ve developed a few techniques for doing so that are effective and easy to implement.
But before I go into that, let me quickly remind my fellow web developers that tables are not, in fact, the enemy. Although the days of using tables for layout are long past, tables are still a perfectly appropriate method for displaying tabular data on the web.
However, I must also acknowledge that there are some disadvantages to working with tables to be aware of, including:
- Tables don’t always scale down well and may display poorly when space is limited, like on mobile devices. If your primary audience is viewing your web site on mobile devices, it may be better to use lists or other markup that’s…
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