as I understand, the ChildItem method accesses the contents of the cell and not the cell itself.
for instance from my sample html above
<td class="class1"><span class="class2">some text</span></td> using ChildItem will effectively grab what is between the <td> tags - which in this case is the <span>...</span> strings.
going back to the original problem, I need to access and return the class type of <td>. Can it be done?