Now embed a table in the left column that is 140 pixels wide. Set: border = 0, cellpadding = 3, cellspacing = 1, width = 140. Make the background color whatever color you want as an outline of the left cell.
Make the cell color white, or another color you want to use, and set the vertical alignment to top, and horizontal alignment to center. Here's the table:
You will also need to embed another table in the right 460 pixel cell and set the cellpadding to 3 or more to separate the content from the table cell border (included in the above example).
Use this technique to create a variety of table configurations. You can even create a row of faux *buttons* for navigation without using a graphic file.
Tables are a great way to control the placement of content in your web page. They can also be used to decorate or enhance the appearance of your pages. Go ahead and experiment! Have fun! Try different color combinations. Don't forget that you can also specify the height of tables and cells as well as width.
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