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Q. How do I get a colored border around my table, but not each cell, that works across browsers?

A. To simulate a colored border around your table with cross-browser compatibility, you must insert a table within another table. This process is known as Nesting Tables. The Thin Table Border helps you easily create this effect.

The Thin Table Border Extension v~1.2.0

About the Extension

The Monkeymagic Object PanelAnyone who has spent any length of time in the DW newsgroup will have heard this question asked before. The basic answer is that using the normal table border attributes you can't !

"Ah but," I hear you say, "you can use CSS to define your table borders". True, however what most developer/designer look for is way of building their page which will display correctly cross browser.

So how is it done?
The effect is created by simply placing (nesting) one table within another and changing the collapsing and the background color color of the outer (parent) table.

One of the great things about Dreamweaver is it's extensibility.
So when I was working on a site which used this effect a lot, I decided to write an extension to automate the task.

Note: This extension only works in DW4 however there is a version for DW3 although the Interface is slightly different

The Downloads

Thin Table Border Extension v~1.2.0
Extension by George Mclachlan

Before we run through how to use this extension let's make sure you have downloaded it.

Get the extension for Dreamweaver 4/Ultradev 4 here.

Get the extension for Dreamweaver 3 here.

This extension can also be downloaded from the Macromedia Exchange.
URL: http://dynamic.macromedia.com/bin/MM/exchange/extension_detail.jsp?extOid=290648

The Interface

Ok you have now downloaded and installed the extension, so how do you get to it.
From the menu Window» Objects, click the down arrow at the top right of the Objects Panel and select Monkeymagic.

You will see this icon Create Table

All you have to do is click on the section of the page you wish to place the table move the mouse back to the Objects Panel and click the icon.

Because this extension simply inserts 2 tables it's interface is only slightly different form the standard DW table interface.

Let's take a look at it.

Thin Table Border Interface

Width: This is the same as the DW table interface enter an value and select either percent or pixels.

Border Color: This sets the background color of the outer table. You can either use the color picker or type in the hex value manually.

Inner Table Columns and Rows:Again these are the same as the standard DW table interface and the extension will apply these values to the inner table.

Inner Table Color: This sets the background color of your nested table

The Example(s)

If we used the values from the screenshot above it would produce this code:

<table width="400" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#000000">
<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#00CC00">
<tr> <td>&nbsp;</td>
<td>&nbsp;</td> </tr>

Which would give you the following table:


Tip: The extension will save the values you last entered. This will save some time if you need to place more than one table with the same attributes on a page. To bypass the interface, press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and click the icon.

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