Urk. Take a little time off to learn basic CSS. Properties like spacing, padding and borders should never be in the html itself-- especially when they are the same over and over again.
Table cells have two properties that often look alike to the viewer but they're different behind the scenes.
"spacing" is the CSS property border-spacing or border-collapse. It's set globally on the whole table, and can be set separately for horizontal and vertical. This is the space between cells.
"padding" is the CSS property cell-padding. It can be set globally for all cells, or for a named class of cells, or one individual cell. And the four sides in each case can be set individually or all as a group. This is the blank space around the edges of a cell.
The easiest way to see the difference is to set different background-colors on the table and on the cell.
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Scroll down to the various colorful pictures starting about halfway down the page (Forums software is wonky about linking to # fragments).