CSS — To Hack or Not To Hack

Most amusing discussion at cre8asiteforums regarding the CSS two-column layout problem where the colored menu column doesn't extend to the bottom of the page.

The "solutions" to this issue include using a background graphic containing the colored column (over which you overlay your text), that in itself seems a worse hack than anything the dreaded tables could ever be.  And yet, "tables" seems somehow to have become a word unfit for polite company, and a fit topic for  fervent, near-religious debates. How that came to be, I'm not sure.

How the W3C came away without addressing this is also not clear. Theory is a beautiful thing, but usefulness in the real world is a Good Thing.  One wonders if it's a matter of: "Table-less CSS design will make you free." (Yes it will.)  "But you have to suffer, too."  Oy.

Loved Ron Carnell's answer to the problem.  <grin>

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