Obsessed by footers
When hack-and-slash table designers meet web standards, one of the first things they will complain about (and loudly, too) is web page footers.
In a CSS-based layout, incomplete browser support prevents having a footer that sits at the bottom of the browser window when the page is shorter than the window is tall, and at the bottom of the page when there is enough content for the page to scroll vertically.
Not even using a minimal table layout will help, since declaring a proper Doctype makes most modern browsers respect that there is no height attribute for <table>. I just checked the recommendations for both HTML 4.01 and HTML 3.2, and height is not a supported attribute for <table> in either of them.
I find it easier to just let the footer go with the flow and end up wherever the amount of content makes it go, instead of trying to force a layout.
There’s another footer-related article at Digital Web Magazine. In More Than Just a Footer, Jeff Lash writes about how page footers can be used in new ways to add value for the user. He brings up some interesting examples. Some of them do seem useful, but to me they also add a bit of clutter to the page. Not necessarily too much clutter though, so I’ll have these ideas in mind when I start working on an upcoming project.
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