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It Was 5 Years Ago Today …

By Ian Lloyd | June 7th, 2006 | Filed in CSS, Web Standards (general)

It’s been just over five years since the publication of a couple of articles about using CSS for layout were published, but where are we now?

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Well, it was actually 5 years ago this week, but I had The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper in my head and decided to go with that instead. So sue me.

Anyway, it was 5 years ago this week that (WaSP member) Drew McLellan documented his own Eureka moment of seeing the benefit of CSS-based layouts over tables in Turning the Tables (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Web Standards) and it was five years ago in February that Jeffrey Zeldman wrote about the transition from tables to CSS for A List Apart.

Can you believe it? Five whole years, count ‘em. Some of the designers knocking out sexy CSS sites now were still in school wearing short trousers back then. Actually, scratch that – some of them still are.

In that time, I believe that most of the audience for this site and for A List Apart will have left table-based designs a long way behind and probably baulk at the thought of doing it this way. Ever again. But despite all our individual efforts, and the net effect that our efforts have on anyone that we also manage to inspire to do the same, there are still a lot of large corporations and small web design shops out there that continue to pump out table-based designs (something that even appears to get approval according to the current WCAG 2.0 draft). Sure, we’ve come a long way (baby), but just who are the sinners who still continue to peddle such techniques? Who would you most like to see drinking from the CSS Kool Aid and getting their act together? And did I really just write ‘Kool Aid’?

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#1 On June 7th, 2006 8:00 am