<DIV>Q: HOW DO YOU ANNOY A WEB DEVELOPER?</SPAN> <A>: Like </a>this. :)
6:17 am on Dec 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
There is plenty of real life markup which is about as bad, which rather takes the sting out of the joke (I usually like xkcd).
One example I mentioned in a recent thread was creating a two column table by using a paragraph per line, and a fixed with <b> tag for for the first column. I can provide a few more from my own experience, and there is always the DailyWTF for better still.
7:26 pm on Dec 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
What makes you so sure it isn't from real life? :)
I recently met the flip side of your tableless table example: A two-column table where each side contained a few rows of centered text. Instead of putting it into two centered cells with <br>, the writer chose to make each line into a separate table row, each with the same inline styling. By hand, at that. We got that one reduced to about 1/4 its original size. And-- whew!-- someone other than me explained the two lines of CSS that replaced the seven pieces of inline markup.