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> separate your markup from your style, you'll be better off, promise

I think the benefits of this were undeniable but not quite for the reasons everyone thought. At that point html was such a mess that imposing ANY structure on it would have been an improvement. CSS saved us from nested image-table-slicing hell.

Separating markup from style is one way to structure a complex document but it's not the only way. However it's better than 'no way'. But don't cargo-cult it.

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