Now I know the word table in the design world is almost blasphemous (lol), but it seems that whereas a table will expand/contract with the content so the page still renders nicely a div will not and force you to have to manually resize it to get a nice page. Am I correct or is ti something I am missing?
I am of the belief that you should always have a tableless design. By this I mean that the actual layout of the design itself should be tableless ... Tables can be used for tabular content within the page but shouldn't be used to structure the layout.
BOth good answers whose content somewhat overlaps. I think I'll apply both in the future.
When I first started designing I read that DIVs were becoming the new standard so I stayed away from tables making my first project, retrospectively speaking, of course, more difficult and, therefore, more time consuming than it had to be.
Same here Reliable, when I first started (About 5 months ago) the very first thing anyone ever said to me was tables are a no no for anything other than displaying things that should be displayed as tabular data, but under no circumstances for your layout. And it did make it a pain, but it helped me learn, so I guess its a good thing huh?