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Hi Mike,

I'm not sure if anyone responded to this, but I'll chime in briefly.  While doing EAD work at my previous two employers (American Institute of Physics and Princeton Univ., respectively), I used CSS to avoid tables and frames, but not both at the same time.  

At AIP (circa 2000), I used CSS to format the dsc contents, but I didn't use display:table property since browsers weren't supporting it at the time.  However I still used frames for navigation.  I don't know if they still use that design or not.

At Princeton (circa 2004), we eliminated the frames and just used a separate high-level div and position:fixed to mimic the functionality of a navigation frame.  It output as XHTML 1 strict, but unfortunately it still used tables for formatting the dsc.  I would've used display:table if IE supported it.  As a result, I think because of lack of time we had to use some aspect of the EAD cookbook stylesheets to simply get up and running post haste.  Those used HTML table formatting.  Here's hoping IE catches up with the other browsers someday and implements display:table -- then HTML filesizes can be reduced greatly!

Hope this helps,
Clay

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Clay Redding
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Library of Congress
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>>> Mike Ferrante <[log in to unmask]> 3/21/2007 12:28 PM >>>
Given the recent popularity of employing CSS to determine webpage layout, 
and its increasing support in browsers, I was curious if there are any 
movements out there seeking to remove the table and frames elements for 
displaying content or outputting into XHTML rather than HTML?

Mike Ferrante
Franklin Township Public Library
Somerset, NJ