The CSS reference

"table-layout" - css property (v. css 2)

  • Indicates the layout algorithm to be used for a table
  • Initial value: auto
  • The property is not inherited
  • HTML usage: 'table' and 'inline-table' elements
  • Browsers that support the table-layout - property :
    Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Opera Google Chrome Apple Safari

Possible table-layout values:

Values Comments CSS
auto Use any automatic table layout algorithm 2
fixed Use the fixed table layout algorithm. The horizontal layout of the table does not depend on the contents of the cells; it only depends on the table's width, the width of the columns, and borders or cell spacing. 2
inherit Will inherit the value from parent specification. 2

Property "table-layout" example:

<html  >
    <script type="text/javascript" >
    <style   type="text/css">
      .fixed {table-layout: fixed;}
      table { height: 100px; width:300px; }
      td { border: 10px #aad5ff inset;}
  <body >
    <table class="fixed" >
      <tr >
        <td >This table </td>
        <td >has a</td>
        <td >fixed table-layout</td>
    <table  >
      <tr >
        <td >This table </td>
        <td >has a</td>
        <td >auto table-layout</td>

Javascript access:

// To SET values ([o] is the target object)
[o].style.tableLayout="table-layout value"
// To GET values you must first get the computed style object
// To get that object in IE or Opera:
var cStyle=[o].currentStyle;
// To get that object in Firefox, Chrome or Safari (w3c-type):
var cStyle=window.getComputedStyle([o],null)
// To GET the property value:;
var value=cStyle.tableLayout;
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