Several of the articles below were published during the "table wars" in 2003/04, when many proponents of CSS-positioning took an extreme anti-table stance. Their claims often didn't stand up to scrutiny, as they could easily have checked for themselves. While I was examining their claims, I discovered that using simple layout-tables made a lot of sense, and that tables could be flexible when styled and positioned using CSS.
For amusement, I wrote all of these articles using tableless, CSS-positioned, templates I designed in 2003. I typically use CSS-positioning, but I see no reason why people without sufficient knowledge to do this should be discouraged from using simple layout-tables.
6 articles discussing the value of layout tables:
4 articles discussing the separation of content from presentation:
It is possible to do astonishing things with simple tables using valid CSS and no active content. In the rush to impose tableless-layouts on the world, the power of tables had been neglected. Here is proof.
2 articles & many pages about laying-out tables:
4 articles discussing the specification of font properties: