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  • # July 16, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I don’t use them often, but I have never been *scared* of using tables. Yet, I seem to run into a lot of “purists” on the internet that are under the impression that tables should **never** be used under any circumstances.

    Should I try to avoid tables at all costs? Or are they okay to use in CMS type settings or when I need to vertically center an element?

    # July 16, 2013 at 4:55 am

    >They should only ever be used for what they were intended for in the first place, tabular data.

    True

    >And even then there’s other better alternatives for modern browsers.

    Not entirely sure I agree with you here….alternatives, yes but **better** I’m not sure about that.

    They all have their drawbacks and are, at best, merely trying to replicate table functionality &/or are more mark-up intensive.

    # July 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Think of it this way. Do you have an info that would be best to display in a Excel spreadsheet? If yes, than you know what to do.

    # July 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    > Think of it this way. Do you have an info that would be best to display in a Excel spreadsheet? If yes, than you know what to do. @jurotek

    hahaha I do that a lot, though it’s not applicable in *every* situation. It’s a good way to explain it to people, though.

    # July 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    That’s funny. You know what I used Excel for a lot in the past. To set up entire DB Schema with objects like text boxes and lines with arrows for relationships. After I was sure that everything was in place, that the right dependencies and relationships were established, and it conformed to 3NF and user reporting requirement needs then I developed it. Still remember how some shook their heads but it worked for me.

    # July 17, 2013 at 3:38 am

    > Should I try to avoid tables at all costs? Or are they okay to use in CMS type settings or when I need to vertically center an element?

    HTML tables are meant to display tabular data. When you have lot of data that can be ordered in rows and columns (Excel style), the best way is still to use tables. What we don’t do anymore is using tables for layout.

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