June 23, 2006 2:15 AM Subscribe
Should I feel bad because I use tables instead of CSS?
posted by TiredStarling to computers & internet (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sometimes I feel guilty because I use tables for layout in the sites I build. Everywhere I look they say "Don't use tables; use CSS". However, CSS requires so much hacking to ensure compatibility across browsers that I wonder if there's some kind of snob thing going on: "I'm using CSS so I must be thoroughly modern."
Yes, with tables there may be an extra few kilobytes of code to download, and I may have to enter the odd
tag and spacer image here and there, but the extra file size is minuscule compared to downloading even one jpeg.
And then they say that when IE7 is released a whole lot of those CSS hacks are going to be broken anyway... well, why should I bother?
I use CSS for formatting, so I'm not afraid of it, but I get great, easy, re-usable results using tables. What's not to like?