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Intro. Hard to maintain Not allowed with HTML 4.01 Inflexible Hard to work with screen readers Slower load time. Chelsea Johnson, Kelly Kou, TszFung Cheung. Maintenance. Not as easy to remember why you did something when editing later

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intro
Intro
  • Hard to maintain
  • Not allowed with HTML 4.01
  • Inflexible
  • Hard to work with screen readers
  • Slower load time

Chelsea Johnson, Kelly Kou, TszFung Cheung

maintenance
Maintenance
  • Not as easy to remember why you did something when editing later
  • Need to explain all reasoning to every member of development team
  • Can take additional time to make changes when editing
  • http://webdesign.about.com/od/layout/a/aa111102a.htm
formatting
Formatting
  • Data doesn’t always make sense if read left-to-right or top-to-bottom
  • When there’s nesting/spanning, page can be difficult to figure out
  • Not as accessible
  • http://webdesign.about.com/od/layout/a/aa111102a.htm
inflexible
Inflexible
  • If widths are specified, get a rigid table
  • When you mess with widths, can cause slower load times
  • http://webdesign.about.com/od/layout/a/aa111102a.htm
slow load
Slow load
  • Table were meant to only be two-dimensional
  • Have to allow the entire table to load before being allowed to make changes
  • Every time visitors change a page, tables need to reload
  • http://aspektas.com/blog/three-simple-reasons-why-tables-for-layout-are-bad/
screen readers
Screen readers
  • Announces a table (four columns, two rows)
  • Doesn’t notice if it’s for visual purpose or not
  • Can be confusing to someone
  • http://universalusability.com/access_by_design/layout_tables/necessary.html
summary
Summary
  • Hard to remember reasons when editing later
  • Doesn’t always make sense if read linearly
  • Get rigid designs
  • Has to reload every time visitor changes pages
  • Screen readers just describe actual table
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