Originally Posted by Ord Allenbea
The difference ? - Depends upon who you ask because one side will swear by tables while the other side will swear by div's. I personally prefer tables and will continue to use them because they are far easier to maintain and use for ME.
Use what you feel is best for you and not what the general community says.
Sorry, but I have to disagree with that thought. I used to feel the same way as you do. Getting switched over from tables to div's was something of a struggle that I literally had to drag myself through.
When I was starting out, tables were far easier to understand and manipulate than div's. While tables are simple in concept, things could get really ugly when you needed to embed tables within other tables. (Even with that messiness, I never thought I'd get away from using them.)
A few years ago, though, I took over maintenance of a site that had been initially designed with div's. I immediately saw the benefits of using them. Once I went through the learning curve and started using only div's on my other sites, I found that there are huge advantages to using them. Maintenance and layout changes, especially, on a div-based site are far simpler than on a table-based site.