Definition List or Table?
A recent article on And all that Marlarkey talks of using a definition list to add more semantics to an e-commerce site. But does it? After reading and re-reading the specs on using a definition list at the W3C, I'll admit that it could be a valid implementation. However, could using a table bring more relevance to the data and still be styled to its fullest?
Yes and no. While a table certainly allows for a greater degree of association between elements, it's not possible have them styled to the same degree in all browsers — in this case, I'm talking about IE.
In Firefox and Opera 7.5, I'm able to pull off the same look and feel as the definition list. Internet Explorer, on the other hand, still keeps the table structure and we are left with a rather basic table. At least it fails gracefully!