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Re: Use and abuse of @summary

From: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 15:16:46 +0100
To: "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: "Janina Sajka" <janina@rednote.net>, "W3C WAI Protocols & Formats" <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>, wai-liaison@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.upjwl8oaidj3kv@hp-a0a83fcd39d2>
On Wed, 18 Feb 2009 11:20:32 +0100, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:

> On digging into philips data a little bit and measuring its effect upon
> users who's screen reading software provides access to the information  
> it is
> found that in the overwhelming majority of cases the incorrect uses of
> @summary are not announced to screan reader users. Why? Because screen
> reading software (JAWS and Window eyes) that supports @summary also uses
> heuristics to suppress the announcement of layout tables to users

I think it would be useful to specify an algorithm for deciding whether a table is a layout table or not -- not just for deciding whether or not to use summary='' but also e.g. for deciding whether <td> should be a sectioning root or not.

Simon Pieters
Opera Software
Received on Wednesday, 18 February 2009 14:17:47 UTC

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