only a overly pretentious designer/coder would insist on using divs & spans etc to layout a spreadsheet look for data.
Using tables to design a layout for a simple page is obviously a silly method BUT it is still a valid use of HTML, the CSS snobs & purists may frown on it but what has it got to do with them!!!!
I always maintain that the XHTML strict "willy wavers" are also wrong, unless they are using XML in the document.
The mantra should be use the right tool for the job at hand NOT "Thou shalt use div & spans for everything"
Nonsense! JM looks at date and maybe thinks hes warped back to 2000.
One thing works perfectly fine (tables for your layout) and provides exactly what you need to make your site look the way you want it. And the other doesn't (reciprocal links).
Why are tables bad again?
As you say other there is another thread about but quickly: Accessibility, Multiple Devices, Updatable are three quick words!