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Re: WCAG meeting

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 17:56:18 -0700
Message-ID: <38F51B32.19314DD8@gorge.net>
To: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
In terms of generalization I've always had trouble with the selection of
one particular representational mode as a major focus: tables. A table
is much like any means of presentation of underlying data, i.e. it is
largely designed for ease of use by eyeballs. There is no singularity
separating tables from bar charts, pie graphs, or any X-Y presentation
of data that lends itself to that. In short the important consideration
is that the content (raw data points) is separable from its
presentation. I believe that the guidelines at their highest level of
abstraction should deal with that and not with tables used as format vs.
tables used as "tables". The latter are just a means of presenting
underlying data to people of the retinal persuasion. Deal with all such
issues in some technique/example space but the focus needs to be on
maintaining access to the content, never mind what the author thinks is
best for the reader.
Received on Wednesday, 12 April 2000 20:57:00 UTC

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