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[Bug 18438] The Table summary attribute

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Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 18:13:39 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=18438

--- Comment #3 from Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> 2012-09-07 18:13:39 UTC ---
@Devarshi

The user agent (the screen reader) still supports the attribute, that is why it
will still work even with a HTML5 !DOCTYPE. It won't be valid HTML5 however,
but that may not be an issue for you if you want to support a particular kind
of user experience, so I say 'Go for it!'

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

They are excellent alternatives, and indeed the future. However, @summary is
'hidden' by nature and aria-describedby will only point to an in page
description and not a description in another URI. @summary for me was really
good for the use cases that it supported (Blind, screen reader users who need a
longer description for complex data tables) but the WG decided this wasn't good
enough.

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