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[Bug 18438] The Table summary attribute

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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=18438

--- Comment #2 from Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com> 2012-09-07 15:11:12 UTC ---
Josh,

I am not sure but applications developed with html5 do expose the summary
attribute info to JAWS. Why does this happen? 

aria-describedby or similar alternatives, in my view, may not be as robust as
the table summary.

Thanks,
-Devarshi

(In reply to comment #1)
> Devarshi, the @summary is has been obsoleted in HTML5, have you tried using a
> method like aria-describedby or similar to see if this is a suitable
> alternative?
> (In reply to comment #0)
> > I am not sure regarding the fate of the summary attribute. Nevertheless, came
> > across a scenario (apologies if it is a duplicate):
> > 
> > ***A screen reader like JAWS will concatenate column headers and linearize the
> > data cells. JAWS then presents this information in the table utility list***
> > 
> > When a summary attribute is applied, the problem seems to disappear.
> > 
> > -Devarshi

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