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    Basic .a5w page construction

    I am in the process of revamping my entire website. In the past I have always laid out my pages utilising hidden tables. I understand that this is not how the professionals do it. Is there a basic guide that will lead me through the options - I can't find one.

    Many of my client pages are 'static'. Only the private login pages manage lots of data - and I don't really care how they look. It's my client pages that I want to make as professional as possible.

    Thanks for your help.

    Larry Gordon

    Re: Basic .a5w page construction

    Have a play with this. I am sorry it is a mess but I am just beginning to think about how to do what I think you are discussing.



      Re: Basic .a5w page construction

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the help. I will give it a try today. I'll let you know how I get on.

      I am surprised that I can't easily locate a video on web page setup/design. Lot's of help on adding components etc, but apparently nothing on the layout of attractive pages. I have been building pages for years, but I know that placing everything in tables is not how the educated do it. Hopefully the container route will be the answer.

      Many thanks,



        Re: Basic .a5w page construction

        If you want to build pages 'from scratch' you need to familiarize with HTML / CSS. I do not think you will see a lot of Alpha Tutorials on this because HTML/CSS is more website development in general. Alpha is a tool you can use to build components that will generate html/css for you. But having a good grasp on HTML/CSS will allow you to customize further. In terms of not using hidden tables, a lot of modern website layouts are done using the div tags (see HTML Layouts link below). Recently other tags have been introduced that make the html look nicer semantically e.g. nav, header, footer. You could technically build pages in a component using UX's, containers, grids etc. but to get the exact look/feel that you want you may need to do some custom html/css work.

        HTML Layouts:

        If you want to practice you can just use notepad to create a mypage.html file (when you save it make sure you save it as [pagename].html. You can then double click this file to open it in a browser.
        HTML/CSS is very robust so there is a lot to learn.

        P.S tables are generally frowned upon for layout purposes, but if your data is truly tabular - semantically table tags are a good choice.
        For layouts youd be looking into divs and placing them by floating etc.

        :) Good luck!

        Hope this helps
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          Re: Basic .a5w page construction

          Here is good source to learn layout tricks.


            Re: Basic .a5w page construction

            Thanks for the advice. I shall go and further study HTML and CSS. I do have a limited understanding already as I have published dozens of pages over the years, via Alpha. I think in the short term I will continue via the hidden table route, and then when I have gained sufficient knowledge I will move my pages to the div scenario.

            Many thanks


              Re: Basic .a5w page construction

              Simple Alpha containers are nothing really but DIVs. So I often use a lot of containers in Alpha. Containers within containers within containers.... To start to get a little more modern, simple containers within "flex" containers.

              EDIT: Nevermind. I was thinking UX component and not a5w page
              Last edited by jgrannis; 06-02-2017, 09:43 AM.