Proprietary CSS rules – Are we returning to 1995?

Call me a cynic, but posts like this one on the Surfin’ Safari blog worry me a little. Let me explain…

I don’t know if anyone remembers back to the days of Netscape 4 and Explorer 3.5? – It was a time of table based layouts and browser sniffing. Each browser had it’s own “feature” set and this resulted in hacks galore, for example Netscape had “Layers” but Explorer didn’t, Explorer had feature X but Netscape didn’t.

Along came Web Standards and the likes of Jeffrey Zeldman fighting for a standards based approach to web development. Over a decade on, it looks like were finally getting there as even Microsoft slowly start to get things right with IE7.

As cool as the CSS Transform stuff looks, I can’t help but think we’re stepping right back into 1995.

What does everyone else think?