So... today is one of those days when I seriously consider transitioning to a new career.
Every time I start to venture away from table-based layouts, I bang my head against multiple brick walls for a while, then give up and crawl--no, run gratefully--back to my old friends TR and TD.
Don't get me wrong, I use CSS too; I eschew the <font> tag. But for layout? Please. Chasing down browser inconsistencies doesn't turn me on. That's not fun for me. And I'm the type who can get really frustrated about things not being the way they "should" be. I don't know how Zeldman handles it.
I hate feeling like I'm designing for a world that doesn't really exist. Over 90% of MY users are on IE5+. In fact, it's closer to 100% than 90%. The vast majority of users are surfing with a contemptibly inferior tool, and there's nothing I can do about it.
Hardly any of them are looking at anti-aliased text when they view my sites. They can't see dotted borders, they render like dashes, and not even decent dashes. Many of them had trouble with dashed link lines (I had to turn those off.) Etc, etc, etc.
Today I found out that the PNG file format has been a W3C recommendation since 1996! It's been SEVEN years and Microsoft STILL doesn't support it fully. There's just no excuse for that.
So, maybe landscaping or bartending would be a better fit. What do you think?