w3tableless.com: Un-table your websites

A fun little site to help un-table your websites.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to sites that display tabular data. (CSS nazis can tend to go overboard at times, and forget tables are not 100% bad when used appropriately.)

7 Responses to w3tableless.com: Un-table your websites
  1. sasha brinkova
    December 11, 2007 | 4:02 am

    Contrary to popular belief, the end of the year is one of the best times to look for, awesome descion

  2. deejay
    January 3, 2007 | 5:34 am

    Hi Jim,

    Agree and that’s also the concept of
    w3tableless.com and that’s why its validator
    recognises 2 different kinds of “tableless”;

    1) tableless meaning, following
    w3c standards and using css for
    layout puposes (meaning table tags are
    allowed as long as they are embedded inside div tags)
    2) 100% tableless, meaning zero table tags.

    Bye, DJ

  3. jim plush
    November 14, 2006 | 11:22 pm

    It does drive me nuts when people try to go 100% css. Tables have their purpose displaying data.

    Golden Rules:
    Don’t try to make tables display your layout

    Don’t try to make css display your data

  4. Joe
    November 4, 2006 | 12:41 pm

    @Jan: It’s not about “your problems” it’s all about standards, you could still use tables and have everything you want, except that the site will NOT be fast loading, standard compliant, easy for web browsers, reduce bandwidth.. well the list is endless.

    as Collin said Tables are great. They should be used when they are supposed to be. Again these are just guidelines and No one in this space can point at you for having tables. It’s 100% up to you.

  5. Jan Winkelmann
    October 31, 2006 | 4:10 pm

    Actully I don’t see a problem at that point. If you don’t lke it…

  6. Collin
    October 31, 2006 | 1:38 pm

    Nothing is really wrong with tables. But if you use them to lay out your web sites then you’ll find yourself nesting tables within tables to get the desired look and structure. What you end up with is a page that has a great deal of extra markup. Not to mention it’s very ugly to have to sift through the source code when you have tables all over the place.

    There are some guys who will try to tell you to never use tables but ignore that crap. Tables are perfectly valid HTML and should be used when you have rows and columns of data you want to share.

  7. Jan Winkelmann
    October 22, 2006 | 7:53 pm

    i have one question: what is wrong with tables? the don’t even explain it in w3tableless.com…please tell me what is wrong with them???