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Re: fear of "invisible metadata"

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 10:54:59 +1000
Message-ID: <46772963.8040303@lachy.id.au>
To: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie
CC: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, public-html@w3.org

Joshue O Connor wrote:
>> From the WCAG Samurai [1]:
>>
>> | # You have more than one way to explain the purpose of data tables
> 
> That does not make sense. The summary attribute does explain the purpose
> of the table to a blind screen reader user and although there are other
> ways to get this information across, it is pretty much fully supported
> by most UA's and expected by many savvy screen reader users.

Whether or not it is fully supported is irrelevant to what you quoted. 
All it is saying is that it's not the only option available.  Authors 
should make informed decisions about using the summary attribute.  If 
the purpose of the table is sufficiently explained in other ways, then 
there is no need to use summary.

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Lachlan Hunt
http://lachy.id.au/
Received on Tuesday, 19 June 2007 00:55:10 UTC

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