For quite some time, discussions are going on about "tableless design". Personally, I find the replacments with endless successions of utterly appalling, ugly, hard to manage and unwanted, but maybe that's just me. And I agree, a table structure with nested colspans and rowspans is equally hard to manage, but at least I am used to it :-)
I was wondering: is all this talk about tableless design based on solid technical grounds? Is a page constructed with and around tables bound to become hopelessly old-fashioned, or are we actually just talking about two alternatives to layout a page? Is tableless design becoming a "must", or is it just "fashionable"? What are good solid reasons to not use tables anymore (if any) ? And what about mixing both types of design?
I'm not looking for a discussion of believers and non-believers. I am looking for real, solid reasons why I should (not) use tableless design.