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Re: New technique: Check TABLE elements for valid CAPTION element (Technique 5.5.2 )

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 21:21:09 -0500
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To: Marja-Riitta Koivunen <marja@w3.org>, Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
At 01:55 PM 2/19/00 -0500, Marja-Riitta Koivunen wrote:
>If you have a layout table you don't want to have a caption that is rendered.
>Is summary enough in this case or do we need to have a display: none for
>the caption in the stylesheet or what?

This actually raises a WCAG issue that's bothered me for a while.  I think 
that, instead of discarding tables for purposes of layout, we simply 
provide a standard way to define something as a "layout table".  For 
example, by adding a class or attribute to the TABLE 
declaration.  Especially since CSS handles tables poorly.

This actually goes beyond WCAG and gets into HTML4 land.

In the meantime, we can put "layout" into the summary, as was already 
suggested earlier.


Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
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