CSS Table with Alternating Color Rows
You can use the nth child selector in CSS3 to very simply create tables with alternating row colors.
I'll show you an example of a table with alternating rows along with some working code that you can copy.
If you need it, I also have information on how to build a table with alternating columns.
Browser Support for Nth Child Selector
All modern browsers support the nth child selector but it's not supported in Internet Explorer 8 and versions below. With that in mind, I have added an extra css declaration so that in these older version of IE all the tables rows will have a default background color. This is just in case you've been cursed by your present employer to support ancient browsers.
CSS Table Example with Alternating Rows
The CSS Code for the Table
To make the table above you have to use the tr:nth-child(odd) selector to define all the odd rows in a table and the tr:nth-child(even) selector to define all the even rows of the table.
The complete working CSS code and HTML for the table example can be copied from the box below.
Alternating Table Rows just with CSS
Anyways, it's now pretty simple to make a table with rows of alternating colors just by using CSS.
Modern support is good for all browsers except for IE8 and below which is now generally less than 1% of the market and so you can easily provide them with a visually readable alternative.