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HTML 3.2, now consisting of 71 tags, became the "official" standard in January of '97.
HTML now included such features as background images, tables, applets, text-flow around images, font colors & sizes, and superscripts & subscripts, while still providing backward compatibility with the existing HTML 2.0 Standard.
The intent for HTML was to have been a document structuring language; not a page formatting language. Yet many of the new features were exactly that. They were strictly for controlling the presentation of the document rather than for any logical structure... and even at that, different browsers rendered tables differently. Netscape shifted table contents a few pixels to the right while Explorer shifted table contents several pixels to the left.
People who were aware of this started inserting "spacer.gif" graphics or empty tables to try to accomodate the various browsers. See some screenshots of this page in various browsers.