• Use tables when you have numbers to compare.

• Use tables for a series of "if, then" sentences.

• Think about tables as answers to questions.

• Think carefully about what to put in the left column of a table.

• Format tables on the web so that people focus on the information and not on the lines.

- Don't put thick lines between the columns or between the rows in a table.

- Don't center text in a table.

Breaking Up ^ Your Text with Headings

As you develop your web content, think about how to help people follow the flow of your writing or find just the section of an article that they need. One useful way is to use bold or colored headings within the article.

Compare Figure 10-1, the iVillage page on blood pressure without any headings, with Figure 10-2, the page on the same topic with several headings. Which would you be more likely to read?

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