I'm trying to fix a website (built by a third party) that loads in a rather strange way. It's a two column layout (Yes, it uses a table for layout ), and it loads like this:
- The first column appears, taking out the whole width of the table
- the second column appears, pushing the first column back into place
The effect is most pronounced in Safari, but it also happens (for uncached pages) with IE and Firefox.
The table is width 100%. The second column has a fixed width. The first column doesn't have a specified width.
It was my understanding that the browsers handled tables in the following order...
- work out what's in the table cells
- work our the width required
- display the table.
... but that doesn't seem to be happening for this particular site.
Any thoughts on what's going on? Possible solutions?
Many thanks in advance... Gary
PS The website is password protected, unfortunately. Otherwise I would have included a link to it.