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Re: Verify that layout tables make sense when linearized (Technique 5.3.1)

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 20:43:19 -0500
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To: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
Wendy's edit looks fine to me.


At 05:31 PM 2/18/00 -0500, Wendy A Chisholm wrote:
>In Len's comments from the 23rd of January [1]  about the 21 December 
>draft [2] he asked that the WCAG definition for a linearized table be 
>included in checkpoint 5.3.  There was some other clean-up to do as well.
>I propose:
>Checkpoint 5.3 - Do not use tables for layout unless the table makes sense 
>when linearized
>Technique 5.3.1 [priority 2] Verify that  layout tables make sense when 
>Discussion Status:
>under discussion
>A TABLE element will trigger this evaluation.
>This technique applies only to tables used for layout purposes, not to 
>data tables.
>Example of a message to be displayed:
>Tables used for layout should make sense when linearized.
>When a table is 'linearized,' the cells are read in the order in which 
>they appear in the HTML source.
>Repair Technique:
>Linearize the table and ask the author to verify that the result is 
>Test Files and Discussion Files:
>Link to test file for this technique.
>[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-er-ig/2000Jan/0059.html
>[2] http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/IG/ert/ert-19991221.html
>wendy a chisholm
>world wide web consortium
>web accessibility initiative
>madison, wi usa
>tel: +1 608 663 6346

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