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Over the years using tables has become a bad word to many web designers. Once it was discovered that using DIV and CSS made designing a website a lot easier and cleaner, then the use of tables became obsolete. However, there are many expert designers that tables are still useful. Although you should avoid using tables for layout purpose, they should still be used for their main purpose: displaying tabular data.
Yes, you can still use DIV and CSS to create calendars, spreadsheet type information, thumbnail layouts, and more...but why would you? You have to consider the many changes that browsers take on. Every time you turn around browsers are changing and a new update needs to be installed. Each time they change the way web pages are displayed. They change how the code is read. Many times you have to use tweaks to get a website to display CSS the same way it is displayed in another. Not only could this turn out to be time consuming, but annoying in the end. Using tables for what they were meant for can keep your information pretty much the same regardless of the browser visitors are using.
You can still use CSS to format your table and make them look more professional. Use CSS to change the background color, remove borders, fix spacing, align text, add images, etc. This will keep your code clean. But don't be afraid to use them thumbnail layouts, calendars, and more.