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03-23-2006, 01:20 AM
Something that was asked some time ago That sites with tables are not as poular with search engines and therefore suffer with ranking. i also read this somewhere. Is this correct does anyone know?

Creative Insanity
03-23-2006, 02:43 AM
It is frames that make lower access in SEs not tables.

03-23-2006, 05:14 AM
Frames i knew, but the pieceI read claimed the same for tables.

Creative Insanity
03-23-2006, 07:10 AM
Not that I am aware of. All my sites are with tables and they are not that low in the SEs.
On the same note I have seen div/css sites lower than some of my table sites. So really I dunno. DJ, any truth to this table myth?

03-23-2006, 01:07 PM
There is an argument by the "CSS Gurus" that because "code to content" ratio is better in a CSS based layout, hence spiders get to see more content and hence CSS based sites do better.

eg. for tables


only "blah" is significant and there is too much code to go through before the spider can read "blah"

eg. for css


lesser code to go through to reach "blah"

But some one did an experiment to see how much of these claims are actually true


03-23-2006, 03:54 PM
I think the common understanding currently is that there's no *penalty* for using tables for design in your website. (Got this confirmed by a Yahoo rep 2 weeks ago as well) It would be ridiculous as so many websites still are made that way. There are however clear *advantages* by using a semantical approach to your html tags. address, p, blockquote, h1, h2, ul, etc actually let's the search engine know more about *what* kind of data is presented, which helps them determine what is what on your page.
So the answer to your question wouls be 'maybe' :) If it's using tables with poor markup, it would possibly to better by making the code more semantic, and accessible.