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This article will introduce you to the web design practice known as "Web Standards".
We'll attempt to explain why table-based sites do more harm than good and how implementing Web Standards can hugely benefit your business by making your website more efficient, attract new users and ultimately make the web a better place!
The internet was originally intended for academics, researchers and the military. It was visually crude and not very user-friendly. When it became mainstream, designers needed a way of making websites more visually appealing and using tables seemed to be the answer. They could use tables as a grid to help them creatively lay out their text and images.
The internet has moved on a great deal since then but using tables is still one of the most dominant ways of creating visually rich pages and it is now actually hindering creating a better, more accessible and reliable Web.
The disadvantages of table-based design -
Modern browsers are much better at displaying website that use Web Standards so there is no need to use outdated tables anymore. Instead of nesting tables within tables and writing unnecessary code, we can use much simpler markup and CSS to lay out beautiful sites that are faster to load, easier to maintain, and more accessible to everybody.
The advantages to your Website being built using Web Standards -