Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: ASCII status bars and low tech status bars
Same with font tags, needless images and image-navigation. The lack of them on OpenACS is one of the big reasons that I like OpenACS.
Every choice usually has some benefit or weakness. I often wondered if this nested table status bar trick created a larger K or browser render time for the user then the simple gif image that the designer made in photoshop! I hope not -- but it might.
But it's no big deal. Take it or leave it. I guess I liked this hack because some designer thought it was worthy of his "taste". Strange world. I prefer the ASCII version.