There are two types of website designer: those from a print background and those from a computer background.
The natural tendency of those from a print background is to see the web page as just another layout job. In print layout is everything, and it matters little how it is achieved, but then in print, the designer controls everything, starting from the size of the paper.
A web page is different. The designer cannot know the size of the window in which it will be viewed, so the result of a fixed layout approach is writing which has to be scrolled horizontally to read every line or, conversely, pages with a narrow column in the middle or on the left and a large blank space elsewhere.
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