Presentation, semantics and structure in markup

Smarter people than me have been thinking about the separation of presentation and structure in Web documents in the last week. Some of these arguments seem like angels dancing on pinheads. For me it’s simple. The goal should be to organize and assemble your Web documents with the least amount of markup and code possible. I think that elegance in markup and code is a goal we can all agree with. Layout tables are semantically meaningless bulk that can now be done without, thanks to the elegance of using a separate markup specifically designed for presentation, CSS. If this makes your documents semantically pure and more accessible to assistive technology, so much the sweeter.

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