Today I want to build a tableless image gallery. The motivation came from a web project I am currently doing. In one of the web pages I am coding, I need to make a grid layout and put image thumbnails in it. I started off by using table to layout the grid. Although it turned out nicely, the gallery itself is not very friendly to DOM manipulation. For instance, when removing a table cell during a delete operation using Ajax, a hole remains in the gallery.
I told myself that there must be a better way to do this. So I started experimenting tableless grid layout. It took me a while, but I am quite satisfied by the result. You can take a look how the finish product looks like or download sample layout files. For illustration of deletion using Ajax, I used jQuery to perform a simple DOM removal operation, which removes a clicked cell off the grid. While you are testing the online example, look closely how the gap is being filled when a cell is removed. I've tested it in IE 6 and Firefox 22.214.171.124, and both worked like a charm.