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In part one of our guide, we stated some good, solid reasons, why you should use CSS over Tables, largely focusing on download speeds, cost, and ease of modifications.  Just in case you are not convinced, here are some more reasons that should tip the balance. Accessibility is high on the agenda of nearly everywhere these days, and the web in no exception.  Websites should accommodate without exception, people with disabilities.  CSS comes into its own here, as it can serve alternative style sheets to different devices and mediums.  This is particularly handy if user of a website, is using a screen reader, or personal assistant.  Another gem for CSS, is that it is easier to accommodate backward compatibility.  Over 30%, (according to W3Schools.com), of …

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Though some web designers believe that Tables are a superior tool to CSS in designing lay out, this opinion is in the minority.  Though CSS cannot be used to structure a website in itself, HTML or XHTML, should be used for this, it still should be the tool of choice when it comes to lay out for your website. The download times with CSS are much faster than table lay outs.  The reason for this is that when a table downloads, it carries far more amount of junk markup than CSS.  This, as you can imagine, creates a much slower download time.  A table which comprises of 140 lines of code, roughly equates to cascading style sheet of around 50 lines of code. Additionally, CSS …

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