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HTML Table Tag Tutorial

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The HTML table tag opens a table. Tables are used to present data in a tidy format. Tables are also frequently used to define the layout of web pages.

An HTML table has one or more table row (tr) elements, one or more table data (td) elements, and may have table header (th) elements.

More complex HTML tables may have additional elements, such as:

  • caption
  • col
  • colgroup
  • thead
  • tfoot
  • tbody
As well as additional HTML attributes and CSS properties such as:
  • summary
  • border-collapse
  • border-spacing

There's even more, but this table tutorial is about the basics. Here's the code for a basic table:

<table border="1" cellpadding="3">
<th>Important Date</th>
<td>March 4</td>
<td>Sue's Birthday</td>
<td>May 22</td>
<td>Mom's Birthday</td>
<td>September 30</td>
<td>Wedding Anniversary</td>

Here's how that would look on a web page:

Important Date Event
March 4 Sue's Birthday
May 22 Mom's Birthday
September 30 Wedding Anniversary

The border and cellpadding shown in the first line are not required attributes and can safely be removed.

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This concludes the HTML Table Tag Tutorial.
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