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Re: TABLES - To label or not to label

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 1998 14:42:16 -0600
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comments labeled as JRG::
At 01:36 PM 3/2/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Question 1: Should a guideline state that labeling of simple tables is not

I think tables for navigation bars and other standard tables should have
specific labels like "navbar", or if there are more than one "navbar1",
"navbar2", "navbar3"...

If tabling (is tabling a word?) is used for formating, maybe the label
should just be: "table is being used for xxx visual formatting."

Are there other structures besides nav bars that could have "standard" labels.
>If yes, then:
>Question 2: When does a table become complicated enough for labeling to be

I think on one level labels sould be used to desribe why the tabel is
there, but on a functional side that seems a bit extreme for the author to
have to define.

>Note 1: [required] is the sense defined in the guidelines -  Required,
>otherwise it will be impossible for one or more groups of users to
>understand the page.  (Whereas, [recommended] means - Makes page easier to
>understand and use.)
>Note 2: labeling refers to the new TABLE markup available in HTML 4.0 such
>as header, id, scope, and summary
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