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Re: Table in Mobile Web Shared Experiences Document

From: Andrew Arch <andrew@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2008 14:31:21 +0100
Message-ID: <4784CCA9.6050609@w3.org>
To: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
CC: EOWG <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

I tend to support Alan's view - a table is a good way to collect & 
collate the data, but often a bad way to present it. In this case the 
table is 5 cols wide, making each col quite narrow. Also, as there are 
currently over 20 rows (and growing?), the col headers soon disappear 
off the screen and which col is mobile context VS disability context may 
be forgotten or confused.

Would a linear layout using a definition list with *bold* words at the 
start of each DD (eg 'Disability', Mobile', 'Experience' 'Solution') 
make reading easier, and scanning nearly as easy?

Andrew

Shawn Henry wrote:
> 
>>> 2. Experiences Shared by People with Disabilities and by People Using 
>>> Mobile Devices
>>>    
>>> http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/MWBP-WCAG/accessibility_mobile_barriers.html 
>>>
> 
> Alan Chuter wrote:
>> While a table makes it is easier to ensure consistency while the
>> document is being edited, I don't think that there is any real benefit
>> to the reader in having this as a table, especially with so many
>> columns. It could be better linearised.
> 
> Personally I find it much easier to read, and especially to skim, in a 
> table. However, others may be just the opposite.
> 
> EOWG folks: what is your preference?
> 
> In any case, I guess it would be nice to have both options easily 
> available.
> 
> ~Shawn
> 


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Dr Andrew Arch
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