Last week I noticed that a lot of people are 'coming out of the closet' and admitting that that they use tables for layout, and did so myself.
These people did a better job at it, including a little timer application:
We've scientifically determined the maximum amount of time that you should need to make a layout work in CSS: it's 47 minutes. When your time is up, we'll even give you the table code you need. Take three minutes to build a table. And ten minutes to get a donut. Bill the client for an hour. Done.It's interesting that all of this opening up about using tables for layout is coming out just as it's finally becoming possible to do table-like layout effects in CSS, now that the newer browsers are beginning to support display:table.
My guess is that fixed-width layouts using strict grids and absolute positioning will look "so 2008" in a few years. It'll take a while for the browsers to standardize and for the design world to change its ways - let's talk again in 2015.