You are experiencing the woes of Layout View. Run away and never look back.
Layout tables are a quick and dirty way (emphasis on the dirty) to make a
layout. But the dirty part is the part that should make you run like crazy back
to standard view.
You are also experiencing the woes of dragging table/cell borders. Never ever
EVER under any cirstances do this! This adds table/cell widths which are
invalid and will not render properly in your browsers. if you want your
cell/table to be a certain width, put content in it that width and/or shim it,
or set it to 100%. Or you could use CSS, too.
You are ALSO experiencing the woes of multiple colspans/rowspans. Look in your
code and I bet you'll see col/rowspans of 3 or more all over the place. NOT
GOOD. The more of these you have, and the more complex they are, the more your
browsers are going to freak out when trying to render them. You don't need
them. Don't merge or split cells if you can at all avoid it. I've never had to
do it myself and I've been doing this a long time. There is nearly ALWAYS a way
around it. Trust me. Using nested & stacked tables is the answer.
Tables are very sensitive and IE is very forgiving. This combo will get you
into a lot of trouble. Don't try to tame the table, it will never every happen.
To make the table work for you, you MUST bow down to its crazy quirks and just
let it do what it wants to do.
Go back into Standard View, create your layout in either layers <divs> or using
nested and stacked tables. Go back to Standard View and NEVER go back to
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"Jason" <jasonstrive.com> wrote in message
> I'm having REALLY annoying problems with Dreamweaver's layout cells.
> I've used a table to set up my content area. On this particular page, I
> have a lot of cells that I'm using, but now they're ing up. Some have
> content in, some have CSS properties for background fill and border
> colour/width, and some are just fillers with a non-breaking space in it.
> When I try to resize the boundaries of any of the cells now, the whole table
> layout changes, making my second column about half as wide and separating it
> about 5 pixels from the table boundaries. If I click on cells in the second
> column and use my arrow keys (on my keyboard) to move it against the
> boundary of the table, the cell disappears - totally vanishes, along with
> the content! If I try to move it down, it just stretches the cell, messing
> up the table structure once again!
> Can anyone help me? Is there a setting that is automatically doing
> something to my table that I don't know about? AAAHHHH!!!