@Deathshadow ... Barnum, I gather, is a hobbyist who just wants to have a few things online. He's not a web developer or anything like that, so I think it's fair enough if he wants to use older code just to get something online. It won't wreck the web. You are better off saving your bludgeon for the bigwigs who are truly dragging the web into the abyss—like that rotten HTML5 mob.
@Barnum: it isn't really clear to me what your question is. But if you want text to flow around an image, an easy solution is to place the image code inside the paragraph, and perhaps set a margin on the image to create some spacing between it and the text. E.g.
<p><img src="" alt="" style="margin: 0 20px 20px 0"> Some text</p>