Apparently some work has been going on implementing columns as a CSS3 module. Trouble is, the approach is more related to newspapers and magazines of yesteryear than with the way the web works. How useful will this kind of thing be for my Blackberry? For highly interactive sites?
Sorry, admit it: tables are still the best structure for web layouts even if using them is a semantic bastardization. And until there’s a standard that emerges that is better, simpler and more semantic than tables, you’ll still find people arguing for their use in layouts.
Don’t get me wrong — I’ll never use tables for layout and can’t remember the last time I did, but the CSS3 draft seems so painfully out of touch with the realities of interface development for which tables are most often used (since when do you see an interface widget “flow” from Column A to Column B??) that this module seems focused on Tofu-style reading rather than making any real progress in the development of a richer interface layout language.