Following the steps of the CSS Zen Garden, the recently launched CSS Table Gallery aims to display how the power of CSS can be used to make boring data tables look just as good as the rest of a site. It’s still a small collection, but it does sport a few highlights already. You’re invited to submit your own.
On a side note, it also shows that using semantic, accessible markup (such as
<tbody>, etc.) can give you more hooks to design things like headers seperately. It’s a win-win situation for both accessibility as well as design.