HTML and CSS Reference
WHEN HTML WAS in its infancy, the table
element was used for the bulk of page formatting.
h e advent of CSS introduced a whole new set of
rules for formatting and the table was abandoned
as a formatting tool — and for good reason.
However, certain table features in CSS3 have
been reintroduced for specii c types of format-
ting. So, although tables still are not general
formatting tools, they have key functions for
displaying data sets and for CSS3 general
h is chapter explores the new CSS3 properties
that you can use for accomplishing general
formatting layouts, but the chapter's main focus is
on tabular data display. Tabular data is nothing
more than data laid out in a table for ease of
reading and not primary layout structures.